ERIC Number: ED243467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Class of 1990: The Impact of Technological and Social Change on Schools. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Townsville Regional Group (5th, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, August 26-27, 1983).
Armstrong, J. D., Ed.
The five papers presented at this conference highlight the need for Australian education to take due account of recent social and technological changes and the need for society to exercise control over technology so as to ensure that it is used for the advantage of all people. Keynote speaker John Topley discusses trends in the composition of the student body (especially in higher education) and the workforce, and questions the appropriateness of existing educational structures, school curricula, and the professional preparation of teachers. John Fitzgerald discusses the wide range of differences in community attitudes toward education, and advocates more self-analysis and self-improvement by schools and increased community participation in education. Clive Hildebrand describes the increasing use of technology in developing countries, the concept of "technology banks" or accumulations of technical knowledge, and the role of education in helping Australia to upgrade its use of existing technology. Paul Lucas emphasizes the primary school teacher's need for curriculum design skills, continued professional development, and closer cooperation with parents, while Daryl Hanly highlights the pace of social change in secondary schools and advocates a thorough review of the purposes and aims of secondary schooling. Also included are reports of workshops on the classroom impact of computer technology, needs in teacher education, and education for leisure. (ESR)
Descriptors: Computers, Demography, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Parent School Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Role, Social Change, Student Development, Teacher Education, Technological Advancement
J. D. Armstrong, School of Education, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Queensland, Australia 4811 ($6.00 per copy postpaid).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Coll. of Education, Carlton, Victoria.