Recent Studies in Educational Technology
The current results, trends, issues.
- The Role
of Online Communications in Schools: A National Study
- http://www.cast.org/publications/ stsstudy/ index.html
A major study by the Center for
Applied Special Technology demonstrates that
students with online access perform better. It offers evidence that using the Internet can
help students become independent, critical thinkers, able to find information, organize
and evaluate it, and then effectively express their new knowledge and ideas in compelling
- Technology Counts '98
Education Week's annual assessment of the current state of technology implementation, and
its effectiveness, in U.S. schools.
- Educators Emphasize Teacher Training in Technology
tech/ 98/ 10/ cyber/ education/ 07education.html
- The Computer Delusion
This magazine article argues there is no good evidence that most uses of computers
significantly improve teaching and learning. (see also Critic of Technology in Schools
Faces Tough Audience, http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/98/
04/ cyber/ education/ 29education.html
- Mathematics for the Moment, or the Millenium
Stanford University Assistant Professor of Education Jo Boaler reports on a recent study
of two groups of students aged 13-16, one using a "textbook" approach to math
instruction, the other using what Boaler calls a "project" approach.
"At the beginning of the research period," writes Boaler, "the students at
the two schools had experienced the same mathematical approaches and, at that time, they
demonstrated the same levels of mathematical attainment on a range of tests.... At the end
of the three-year period, the students had developed in very different ways. One of the
results of these differences was that students at the second school--what I will call the
project school, as opposed to the textbook school--attained significantly higher grades on
the national exam. This was not because these students knew more mathematics, but because
they had developed a different form of knowledge."