ERIC Number: ED030935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Analyzing the Student's Natural Language for Guidance.
Page, Ellis B.
The author of this paper presents three arguments (philosophical, empirical, and linguistic) to make his point that the computer, far from being worthless with words, offers the brightest hope for the future management of the verbal processes so important in counseling and guidance. Philosophically, he argues, there is no deep support for bias against the machine, since, in any guidance situation, exact measurement must be taken by whatever means available. Computers can respond if there is insistence upon behavioral data rather than data concerning internal states, and operational definitions instead of idealistic ones. Empirically, the computer has proven itself valuable in many statistical demonstrations done by groups working independently of one another. The central linguistic problem appears to be in the area of transformational grammar or the relating of one statement to some transformed equivalent. Much work is currently being done in the area of approaches to meanings in the field of computational linguistics. Since counselors serve as information processors, and are presumably operating under "as-yet dimly-understood rules," the author feels that they can begin to make some practical use of the computer in language analysis. (Author/CJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs.; American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper was presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 31, 1969.