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ERIC Number: ED249597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Software Problem.
Walker, Decker F.
This paper addresses the reasons that it is difficult to find good educational software and proposes measures for coping with this problem. The fundamental problem is a shortange of educational software that can be used as a major part of the teaching of academic subjects in elementary and secondary schools--a shortage that is both the effect and cause of insufficient market demand for more diversified educational software. Related problems include (1) the time and cost of designing and coding programs, (2) machine incompatibility, (3) software piracy, (4) locating and reviewing software, (5) competition by manufacturers for the more lucrative home market rather than for schools, and (6) problems in integrating software into a classroom's other activities. Because the software problem is primarily economic, the principal solution is to provide economic incentives for educational software development. These include government and private funding of software projects, collaborative contracts between software firms and educators, and wise purchasing decisions to help shape the course of production and innovation. Curriculum design should incorporate highly adaptable generalized programs, and teachers can develop their own educational software. The problem will be mitigated only as more organizations invest more in developing good educational software. (TE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Market Analysis
Note: In: "Making Our Schools More Effective: Proceedings of Three State Conferences." See EA 017 101.