The paper describes a number of practical uses of a spreadsheet that vary across the novice-expert continuum in terms of the development of skills required for career paths in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. To this end, three types of skills are introduced: basic, professional and advanced. Using a spreadsheet as a background and Vygotskian perspective on learning and development as a conceptual framework, the paper demonstrates how purposeful applications of the skills transform one type into another, encourage concept learning, and broaden technology integration into problem solving. The relationship between a spreadsheet and other software tools is discussed.
Abramovich, Sergei; Nikitina, Galina V.; and Romanenko, Vladimir N.
Spreadsheets and the development of skills in the STEM disciplines,
Spreadsheets in Education (eJSiE):
3, Article 5.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/ejsie/vol3/iss3/5