Teacher Competencies and Training in the Area of Microcomputer Technology
This paper presents possible strategies for training educators and teacher trainees in microcomputer technology. Particular emphasis is placed upon possible competencies, instructional sequences, and ways in which microcomputers can realistically be infused in education. In discussing teacher competencies, it is pointed out that it is essential to view the computer as part of a developmental sequence, and that training teachers to use the microcomputer can combine teachers and machines in more efficient and cost-effective ways if properly planned. In order for computer literacy instruction to be effective, it should be accomplished with non-threatening programming experiences, continuous hands-on time, time allotments for problem solving, sharing reactions, and providing opportunities for questions and discussion. An inservice model for individualized instruction in computer literacy for teachers is offered. This model is based upon a training sequence developed according to tested key elements of successful inservice training. Suggestions are made for how training programs might be revamped to incorporate microcomputers in teaching. An inservice contract is appended. (JD)
Worth, M.M. & Worth, C.E. Teacher Competencies and Training in the Area of Microcomputer Technology.