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ERIC Number: ED073006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 10
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The Perversion of Education into Data Transmission: The Communications Overload in the Modern Educational System.
Dexter, Lewis Anthony
Proliferation of factual data, an educational problem for some time, is a greater dilemma today due to the knowledge explosion. Facts are accumulating at an alarming rate. All too often teachers require students to learn irrelevant data (statement of facts) rather than learning to select, process, handle, interpret, employ, and organize data, and to develop skills. General education should have the relevant goal of teaching skills, capacities, and insights which are applicable to solving problems and to the transfer of learning in general. Reasons given for substituting the learning of raw data in place of skills in most courses are that students shift from subject to subject leaving little time to learn more than definitions and factual data; that simple assertions of data are predictable, allowing for objective examination by teachers, for students to prepare for examinations, and for an average coverage of subject. The quantitative increase in facts, subjects, ideas, and in publications requires an increase in the human capacity to absorb and process, and less on information, data-like statements, and "knowledge" in the most common sense of that term (more properly put, a distinction between knowledge of items and knowledge of skills). (SJM)
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