ERIC Number: ED231743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-1
Reference Count: 0
The New Technologies and Education in Europe (CCC Area).
Conclusions of a conference which focused on the educational and research needs for computer-related instruction in the European secondary schools are outlined. Conference members, who were representatives of Ministers of Education, generally concluded that it is vital to offer some computer studies for all students in secondary education. Too much specialization, however, should be avoided. All teachers should learn how to use computers in the classroom. In terms of content, students should learn the implications and limitations of computers; how to store, retrieve, and structure information; and the impact of computers on society and career prospects. Caution is advised when implementing computer studies in schools; the imposition may lead to failure. Currently, skepticism exists toward computer assisted instruction (CAI) because of bad experiences with programmed learning in the 1970's. It is now apparent that teachers must adapt technology to education, not education to technology. Although CAI still demands considerable financial resources, advantages include promoting the intellectual development of ordinary and handicapped students, modernizing the curriculum with simulation games, and assisting teachers in tasks. CAI should be flexible and favor an interdisciplinary approach. Finally, research should consider children's needs, be developed in cooperation with classroom teachers, and concentrate on the didactical use of computers in different disciplines. (KC)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Science Education, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Relevance (Education), Research Needs, Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Role, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France). Directorate of Education, Culture and Sport, Documentation Section.
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education; Europe
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., (20th, Athens, GA, June 8-11, 1983).