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ERIC Number: ED040948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 7
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Can CAI Help? The Crisis of Content in Educational Psychology Courses.
Clark, Michael C.
Computer technology per se is not a solution to the problem of the current "crisis in content" in teacher education programs. Computer assisted instruction (CAI) is defined as the on-line interaction of a student with a computer program for purposes of instruction. The drill-and-practice and tutorial CAI programs serve merely as a medium for presenting assigned content, doing little to make content more relevant to the learner. However, the CAI simulation programs can be more than just media manipulation. With appropriate content they can increase the trainee's concern level, thus functioning as compressed experience, bringing the learner's perception of his needs more in line with the content of educational psychology courses. Computer managed instruction (CMI), which utilizes the powerful information storage, manipulation, and retrieval capabilities of the computer for such purposes as the diagnosis of learner deficiencies, prescription of instructional tasks, record keeping, etc., appears to open up other vast changes in teacher education programs by attempting to relate the program more effectively to the learner. Flexible (highly individualized) self-paced, modular, performance curriculum programs then become possible so that CAI in its narrower definition can be reconsidered. Finally, the advent of CAI-CMI and other computer techniques into the public schools necessitates their introduction as a content area into the teacher education curriculum. (JS)
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting, AERA, Minneapolis, 1970