ERIC Number: ED249598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Gap between Promise and Reality in Computer Education: Planning a Response.
Linn, M. C.; Fisher, C. W.
This paper identifies several reasons for the gap between the possible instructional uses of computers and their actual use in classrooms and discusses considerations in planning programs which will bring computer education closer to its envisioned promise. The Assessing the Cognitive Consequences of Computer Environments for Learning (ACCCEL) project is briefly described and six key features which distinguish the computer as a facilitator of cognitive skills (interactiveness, precision, consistency, challenge, complexity, and provision for multiple solutions) are presented based on the project's preliminary investigations. Impediments to effective planning for computer education are also discussed. These include (1) lack of control of hardware decisions; (2) lack of available, effective educational software; (3) lack of adequate computer-based curricula; and (4) lack of appropriate training for program implementers. A discussion is presented of school-based planning for computer decision making, including innovative programs at various schools, investigations conducted by research groups, and insights shared by thoughtful teachers. Four major areas of concern are covered: planning for cognitive outcomes, planning for affective consequences, planning for equitable outcomes, and planning for teacher professional development. (TE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Anxiety; Computer Uses in Education
Note: In: "Making Our Schools More Effective: Proceedings of Three State Conferences." See EA 017 101.