ERIC Number: ED069140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
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The Potential Contribution of Computers to Instruction Reform.
Mitzel, Harold E.
There is a crisis today in education, particularly in teacher-pupil relationships. The emotional climate of the typical elementary and secondary classroom must be changed, but without sacrificing progress by the children in the achievement of subject matter goals. However, with traditional classrooms, children need more feedback, praise, and attention than one teacher can provide. Computers offer a more responsive environment for learning; further, they can help teachers spend more of their time on human relations skills and less on rote, lower-order tasks for which they may not be prepared. Also, computers make genuine adaptive education for every learner possible in a way that no teacher alone can do and can greatly expand the available curriculum for learners. Thus, curricula need not be restricted by what is possible to teach: learners individually can have access to a wide variety of the world's knowledge and will be able to take more of the responsibility for what is learned. Realistically, estimating the costs of using computers will necessitate some new models for schooling which are explicit about educational goals and which capitalize on those new objectives that are made attainable by the application of computers in instruction. (RH)
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Note: Reprint from Alternative Futures in American Education