ERIC Number: ED231736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The New Technology in Political Education in West Germany.
Debate in West Germany among technicians, economists, politicians, and educators about technological advancement and the use of computers focuses on the need to be informed about the consequences of the technological revolution. Some concerns are that computer use will lead to social isolation, a growing bureaucracy and authoritarian power structure, and isolation from other workers leading to weakened union activities. The general public, however, tends to deny or suppress the already known aspects of the new information society. Highly educated and professional young people, on the other hand, are more skeptical of technological products and developments. The possibilities offered by the new technology are seen as value conflicts; i.e., microcomputers may lead to more leisure but also to more unemployment, data processing may be misused for political control, technological development may improve well-being, but also be used to develop weapons, and natural resources may be further exploited. Current textbooks offer little insight into these problems and it is apparent that most young people receive their computer education outside the schools via video games. Educators have recognized that computer technology is a necessary part of education, but suggest that German teachers have general reservations about using the media. (KC)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Political Issues, Public Opinion, Social Problems, Social Studies, Social Values, Teacher Attitudes, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy, Young Adults
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education; West Germany
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Social Science Education Consortium (20th, Athens, GA, June 8-11, 1983).