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ERIC Number: ED058581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Computer Applications in Assessment and Counseling.
Veldman, Donald J.; Menaker, Shirley L.
Public school counselors and psychologists can expect valuable assistance from computer-based assessment and counseling techniques within a few years, as programs now under development become generally available for the typical computers now used by schools for grade-reporting and class-scheduling. Although routine information-giving and gathering interviews can be computerized with relative efficiency, the future of computer-based therapeutic counseling appears gloomy. Computer programs provide rational information upon rational demand, and can even use rational methods to determine the information needed. When it comes to the irrational, intuitive, and emotional demands of therapeutic interaction, however, the machine is less effective than the human interviewer. Computers have not yet been programmed to reason by analogy, to sense subtle visual and auditory cues to emotion, or to feel empathically in a way that leads to understanding. They probably never will. A variety of current research efforts are reviewed. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Note: Journal of School Psychology, v VI, n 3, Spr. 1968