ERIC Number: ED032791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Electronic Revolution in the Classroom: Promise or Threat?
Hechinger, Fred M.; And Others
Three authorities in the field of education offer their views on the technological revolution in instructional materials. Fred Hechinger, education editor of the New York Times, discusses the range of devices available, from film strips to computers. He feels that industry is oversold on the future of educational technology, both because of the generally conservative views of educators and the misunderstandings prevalent about the process of education. John Henry Martin, Senior Vice-President of Responsive Environments Cooporation, designates American education, particularly urban education, a complete failure. He cites the benefits to be gained from applying dollar value productivity measures to the acquisition of instructional materials and media. What is needed is a better understanding of the process of learning itself, and an application of that understanding to media development and use. Louis B. Wright, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, takes a social historian's viewpoint of the process of education. He feels that the technological revolution has not yet faced the unchanging character of human nature. The control and manipulation of technology for humane ends, he concludes, is a great challenge. (JY)
Descriptors: Automation, Communications, Computer Oriented Programs, Cybernetics, Education, Educational Equipment, Educational Finance, Educational Media, Educational Problems, Educational Technology, Electromechanical Aids, Electronic Equipment, Equipment Evaluation, Instructional Improvement, Program Evaluation, Programed Instruction, Technological Advancement
Council for Basic Education, 725 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 ($.25)
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Authoring Institution: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.