Proceedings of The 10th International Education and Resource Network Annual Conference, pp.169-172(2003), Awaji, Hyogo, Japan

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Implementation of an Information Education Curriculum in Junior High School 
Based on
an Analysis of Studentsf Familiarity with Computers

Shigeki AHAMA, Jun MORIYAMA and Masashi MATSUURA

Abstract

There are many opportunities to become information literate in the Japanese high school curriculum, but curriculum development is necessary in order to improve computer skills among students at the junior high school level. This paper describes the implementation of an information education curriculum in gTechnology and Home Economicsh classes. The curriculum was based on an investigation of studentsf actual level of computer literacy, and learning activities were performed according to this curriculum. The investigation showed that it was important to provide a variety of operational experiences using the computer. Moreover, it was shown that lessons using games and drawing are also effective. The curriculum was practiced as a case study in the year schedule of a school. It could be judged that the implementation of the designed curriculum was successful. These results suggested the importance of the student-centered curriculum. Also, this study could demonstrate the procedure and provide a good example for this approach. In the future, we anticipate that further cases are tried in the same manner as this study in order to promote school based curriculum development.

Keywords: Information Education, Curriculum Development, Junior High School, Familiarity with Computer

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