Discussing the future value of computers as tools for cognitive development, the volume reviews past literature and presents new data from a Piagetian perspective.
Constructivism in the Computer Age includes such topics as: teaching LOGO to children; the computers effects on social development; computer graphics as a new language; and computers as a means of enhancing reflective thinking.
Table of Contents
Contents Part I:Piaget in the Computer Age. S. Papert, The Conservation of Piaget: The Computer as Grist to the Constructivist Mill. P.B. Pufall, Function in Piaget's System: Some Notes for Constructors of Microworlds. Part II:Computers and the Developmental Relation Between Intuitive and Formal Knowing. A.A. Di Sessa, Knowledge in Pieces. J. Lockhead, Some Pieces of the Puzzle. G. Forman, Making Intuitive Knowledge Explicit Through Future Technology. Part III:Structural and Individual Development in Computer Worlds. G.G. Fein, E.K. Scholnick, P.F. Campbell, S.S. Schwartz, R. Frank, Computing Space: A Conceptual and Developmental Analysis of LOGO. J.F. Wohlwill, Artistic Imagination During the "Latency Period" Revealed Through Computer Graphics. H.P. Ginsburg, S, Zelman, Understanding Individual Differences in the Computer Age. Part IV:Special Applications of Computers and Video-Disc in Education. J. Bransford, R. Sherwood, T. Hasselbring, The Video Revolution and Its Effects on Development: Some Initial Thoughts. D. Wolf, The Quality of Interaction: Domain Knowledge, Social Interchange, and Computer Learning. F. Murray, The Child-Computer Dyad and Cognitive Development. Epilogue. G. Forman, P. Pufall, Constructivism in the Computer Age: A Reconstructive Epilogue.
"The volume's strong suit is theoretical speculation and interesting examples of technology use....There is no serious lobbying for new types of schools or reform of school curricula. In this regard, the chapters are likely to spark the interest of educational practitioners to try some new activities....we find the volume to be provocative and imaginative and highly recommend it to all readers interested in exploring new ideas about the power of computer environments to enhance intellectual development."