ERIC Number: ED235552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
Instructional Technology: Policy Issues for State Education Agencies. An Issues Analysis Paper. Discussion Draft.
Hansen, Kenneth H.
Policy issues and their implications in the introduction of computer technology in the Northwest and Pacific schools are examined. Eight issues, focused on instructional uses of computer technology, are covered. (1) Establishing an overall state education agency (SEA) position will set the tone for statewide development of instructional technology. (2) The SEAs must select appropriate roles and develop clear and specific state level educational policies for leadership in instructional technology. (3) The computer poses special problems in equity and access, an important policy issue that requires thoughtful development to redress existing inequities and ensure fairness. (4) Because technology may embody potential threats to present values, it is important to formulate policies that fit our cultural and moral values. (5) Policies may need to be more clearly stated so that the use of instructional technology is compatible with basic educational goals. (6) It is important that SEAs collaborate with local school boards, other state agencies, business and industry, and higher education. (7) Computer technology has potential to save money and help schools cope with declining resources. (8) SEA instructional technology policy must be based on three commitments: to serious long-range planning; to extensive staff development; and to responsible resource allocation. (MD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Programs, Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Evaluation, Instructional Design, Resource Allocation, School Districts, Sex Differences, Social Environment, State Departments of Education, Training, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Northwest Center for State Educational Policy Studies.
Note: Prepared for the Chief State School Officers of the Northwest and Pacific.