Microcomputer Referents in Elementary Mathematics: A Sample Approach
The mathematical experiences of elementary students often focus on memorizing facts and rules as opposed to making sense of the subject and developing problem solving skills. Students spend large amounts of time processing, memorizing and sorting collections of data which are tasks well performed by computer technology. To correct this situation, this paper describes an instructional model for problem solving. The learner proceeds through four problem types (manipulations, sketches, mental pictures, and abstractions) using the phases memory/recall, instructor-posed problem, and self-posed problem for each problem type. A sample application is given showing computer-assisted instruction. Included are 42 references. (DC)
Connell, M.L. Microcomputer Referents in Elementary Mathematics: A Sample Approach.