ERIC Number: ED246990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
With the Microcomputer, Behaviorism Returns to Early Childhood Education.
Golub, Lester S.
Regardless of ambiguous feelings about using microcomputers in schools, it is likely that education will remain substantially the same with their widespread use. The microcomputer will modify the way some skills are taught, but the need to teach the skills will remain. Most contemporary critiques of using microcomputers in the classroom are directed at the behaviorist model of learning used in preparing computer-based learning materials for children. Certainly, influences of behavioristic practices are ingrained in the uses of microcomputers in the classroom and behaviorist theory is evident in the development of computer-assisted instruction. Much of the criticism, though, is trivial and misses the point of using computers in classrooms. For the teacher, the real question to ask is "What is discoverable and what is better taught." Teachers also have the problem of determining how and when to intervene. Generally, problem solving and microcomputers go together. Wise men, women, and children will harness the use of the computer for a quite different future world and life style. Seventeen pages of references conclude the document.) (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).