Training Teachers to Select Educational Computer Software: results of a formative evaluation of an Open University pack

Preece, Jenny and Jones, Ann (1985). Training Teachers to Select Educational Computer Software: results of a formative evaluation of an Open University pack. British Journal of Educational Technology, 16(1) pp. 9–20.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.1985.tb00478.x

Abstract

This paper considers the problem of training teachers to select suitable educational programs to use in their classroom. We argue that selecting good programs is difficult and that training teachers to do this has been largely neglected, both by the available literature and by in-service training courses. We describe an Opeyn University course (Open University Press 1984) which addresses this issue, and report on a formative evaluation of an activity within the course in which teachers examined three commercially available educational software packages.

We conclude by emphasising the importance of a sound framework in which teachers can develop selection skills so that they can go beyond the supervicial technical features of the program to consider whether the underlying pedagogy is sound and suitable for their needs.

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