ERIC Number: ED032238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Instructional Technology and the Teaching Profession. QuEST Paper Series, #6.
Selden, David; Bhaerman, Robert D.
Examination of potential corrosive effects which the use of instructional technology could have on the teaching profession indicates that there are three problem areas where alternatives exist. First, educational objectives should be the criteria used in assessing the new approaches, the basic question being not how much use can be made of the devices but what their contributions are to the outcomes of education. Second, standards in such areas as class size, teacher qualifications, and instructional budgets must be maintained or strengthened, with technological devices such as statewide television networks following as supplements to instruction, not as substitutes for quality standards. Third, indications that the new media and appliances will provide a variety of new educational roles (leading to increased specialization) and will require additional personnel (thus increasing costs) have resulted in pressure to use varying pay grades for staff members. The proposed vertically differentiated staffing patterns, hierarchies in which each teacher is paid according to the role he plays, will lead to divisiveness among teachers and will extend the disjunction between teachers and administrators. A preferred alternative is the increased use of paraprofessionals and a more flexible horizontal differentiation based on differing assignments and tasks with personnel still being paid according to the level of their academic degree and years of experience. (JS)
Descriptors: Differentiated Staffs, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Models, Standards
American Federation of Teachers, Department of Research, 1012 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 ($0.20)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.