ERIC Number: ED027755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-11
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Educational Technology--The White Elephant.
Molnar, Andrew R.
A ten year experiment in educational technology sponsored under Title VII of the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) demonstrated the feasibility of large-scale educational systems which can extend education to all while permitting the individualization of instruction without significant increase in cost (through television, computer systems, microform techniques, and multi-media programming). Adoption of new technology has been slow, however, due to its high cost so small school districts, the loss of local autonomy involved in accepting regional systems, and unwillingness to invest in systems of unproven success in the field. The fragmented nature of education tends to restrict the spread of new technology, especially to small or remote districts and to minority groups, where its effect would be greatest in guaranteeing a minimum level of education. Quality materials must be developed for presentation, and larger cost accounting units are needed. Media use is ineffective unless the whole educational system is geared to take advantage of it: what is now needed are development projects to organize these research findings into effective systems. (RB)
Descriptors: Communications, Compensatory Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Experiments, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Government Role, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Material Development, Media Research, Multimedia Instruction, Programed Instruction
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Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Defense Education Act