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American Educator
Winter 1986

 

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When Technology Enhance Teaching
New Tools Help Students Break Through Conceptually Difficult Topics
By Beth Wilson

The unique talents of the computer are being used to help students break through conceptually difficult topics, such as the difference between heat and temperature, the relationship between weight and density, and the "word problems" that often stymie math students.

Modems and More: The Computer Branches Out
By Odvard Egil Dyrli

Find out how new devices such as videodisc players, desktop laser printers, large screen projectors, and input mechanism that circumvent the keyboard are dramatically expanding the computer's instructional uses.

The Education Utility
An Electronic Utility Promises to Put a Rich Array of Instructional Materials at Our Fingertips
By Teresa Middleton

This electronic utility promises to instantly deliver to the classroom a vast array of constantly updated instructional materials—software, textbooks, news services, video, databases, reference sources, word processing, and spreadsheet tools—and to bring all of technology's capabilities together into one integrated system.

Putting Research to Work
AFT Program Delivers Latest Findings to Teachers
By Marilyn Rauth

Education research has a reputation among teachers of being inaccessible, irrelevant, and, at times, downright wrong. But a fast-growing AFT program is changing that image by translating research into practical classroom applications and giving teachers the opportunity to adapt and refine it.

The Struggle for Democracy in Chile
An Interview with Osvaldo Verdugo, President of the National Organization of Chilean Teachers
By David Dorn

The Chilean teacher leader who organized last summer's massive protests against the Pinochet dictatorship talks about the problems in his county and his organization's commitment to nonviolent social change.

Relearning to Teach: Peer Observation as a Means of Professional Development
By Elizabeth Rorshach and Robert Whitney

When two colleagues decide to open their closed doors and get an insider's view of each other's teaching, their collaborative inquiry becomes a rich source of learning and change.



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American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

 
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