ERIC Number: ED231738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
New Technology: Servant or Master of Social Science Education?
The introduction of computer technology into social science education in elementary and secondary schools in England stands to inhibit some of the positive developments in these subjects in recent years. Currently, objectives of social science education for the multicultural society in Britain are the enhancement of respect for self and of respect for others. The Inner London Education Authority has sponsored educational programs to promote peace, reduce racism, and increase the toleration of homosexuals. Women's studies and religious studies are further examples of this trend. Classroom methods foster a pluralism of values, beliefs, and strategies. However, the use of computers in the social sciences has created shifts in objectives and contents from affective and qualitative to cognitive and quantitative. The content of subject matter has been rearranged to that which is teachable by computers. Further, the introduction of this new technology is premised not on educational considerations but upon economic perceptions. It is a campaign sponsored outside the world of education and market interests are dominant. What purports to be research on the educational uses of the new technology lacks intellectual rigor and is seldom conducted on an independent basis. Most serious of all, the pedagogy of computer instruction (the omniscience of the microcomputer and its ability to answer questions) is outdated in social science education. (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., (20th, Athens, GA, June 8-11, 1983).