ERIC Number: ED250302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Implications for Teacher Education of Assuming That Schools of the Future Will Have Unlimited Access to Technology.
Some basic concerns about the proliferation of computers in schools are stated: (1) Educational goals for children should be established as a first priority, then what computers can do to help achieve those goals should be examined; (2) Very few pieces of software are useful in schools, and teacher education programs should explore what is needed in the context of good education; (3) Computers should be used more frequently in exploratory and non-structured ways; (4) Teachers should understand their own learning processes before they use computers as instructional media; (5) A computer can be used as an aid but cannot substitute for original thought; and (6) It is not really necessary for computer education to begin at a very young age. It is emphasized that the computer cannot teach anything but the basic materials programmed into it; a computer cannot substitute for creative thought or individual decision making. Implications for future teacher education programs are discussed with emphasis on the fact that the computer is a tool, not an area of study. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission on Excellence in Teacher Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Commission on Excellence in Teacher Educ
Note: Seminar paper presented at a Hearing of the National Commission on Excellence in Teacher Education (New York, NY, October 18-19, 1984). For related documents, see SP 025 564-595.