Computer Literacy

Computer Literacy

Issues and Directions for 1985

1st Edition - January 28, 1982

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  • Editors: Robert J. Seidel, Ronald E. Anderson, Beverly Hunter
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483220161

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Computer Literacy: Issues and Directions for 1985 is based on a conference entitled "National Goals for Computer Literacy in 1985", held in Reston, Virginia, on December 18-20, 1980, under the auspices of the National Science Foundation. The conference provided a forum for discussing views on computer literacy, as well as methods for infusion of computer-related objectives and activities into existing curricula for different age levels. Issues and barriers to developing national goals for achieving a computer-literate society in the United States are also examined. Comprised of 31 chapters, this book begins by presenting four major approaches to a perspective on computer literacy: impact of computer literacy on the citizenry; major national components of a computer literacy program; development of an information handling curriculum for an evolving computer literacy concept; and a 30-year historical overview of "computer events in three strands" (research/development/technology, education, and social/political institutional). The next section considers the definitions and requirements of computer literacy as they impact society, students, and teachers. The use of the computer in cognitive research and in problem solving is also discussed, together with curriculum development in computer literacy. This monograph will be of interest to students, teachers, school administrators, and educational policymakers.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors



    I Perspectives on Computer Literacy

    Key Components for a National Computer Literacy Program

    National Computer Literacy, 1980

    On the Development of an Information Handling Curriculum: Computer Literacy, a Dynamic Concept

    Computer Literacy: 1949-1979

    Audience Commentary

    II Definitions and Requirements for Computer Literacy

    Education for Citizenship in a Computer-Based Society

    Discussant: John Sonquist

    Personal Computing for Elementary and Secondary School Students

    Discussant: Robert Taylor

    Computer Literacy for Teachers

    Discussants: Sylvia Charp

    Ludwig Braun


    Audience Commentary

    Working Group I: Computer Literacy for Teachers and School Administrators

    Working Group V: Ethics and Values for Computer Literacy

    III Cognitive Research and Solving Problems Using the Computer

    Contributions of Cognitive Science and Related Research in Learning to the Design of Computer Literacy Curricula

    Discussants: John Seely Brown

    Joseph Lipson

    Does Computer Programming Enhance Problem-Solving Ability? Some Positive Evidence on Algebra Word Problems

    Discussants: Gary Olson

    Thomas Dwyer


    Audience Commentary

    Working Group II: Developmental Sequence of Computer Literacy for Grades K-12

    IV Computer Literacy and Curriculum Development

    The Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) Project on Computer Literacy Instructional Modules (CLIM)

    Computer Literacy Curriculum for Grades K-8

    Computer Literacy and the Mathematics Curriculum

    Computer Literacy in the Social Studies Classroom

    Getting Computer Literacy into the Pre-College Curriculum in Science

    Computer Literacy: 1985

    Working Group III: Computer Literacy Learning Materials for Grades K-8

    Working Group IV: Computer Literacy Learning Materials for Grades 7-12

    Working Group VII: Computer Literacy in the Mathematics Curricula

    Working Group VIII: Computer Literacy in the Science Curricula

    Working Group IX: Computer Literacy in the Social Studies Curricula

    V. Alternative Policies and Implementations of Goals for Computer Literacy During the Next Five Years


    National Goals and Strategies for Computer Literacy

    A National Commitment to Computer Literacy

    Pluralysis in/of the Computer Literacy Movement

    National Goals for Computer Literacy

    Audience Commentary

    Working Group VI: National Strategies for Implementing Computer Literacy

    VI. Summary of the Conference

    Summary of the Conference


Product details

  • No. of pages: 324
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1982
  • Published: January 28, 1982
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483220161

About the Editors

Robert J. Seidel

Ronald E. Anderson

Beverly Hunter

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