ERIC Number: ED077241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
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Teaching Children Thinking. Artificial Intelligence Memo Number 247.
It is possible to maintain a vision of a technologically oriented educational system which is grander than the current one in which new gadgets are used to teach the old material in a thinly disguised old way. Educational innovation, particularly when computers are included, can find better things for children to do and better ways for the child to think about himself doing those things. The combination of the conceptual power of theoretical ideas and the rigorous formalization demanded by computer work, such as writing programs, helps the child to articulate the working of his own mind and to understand the interaction between himself and the rest of reality. He thus not only thinks and learns about the world, but also about the processes of thinking and learning, achieving for himself the power to deal with whatever he experiences. These conclusions are supported by the results of projects in which elementary students who worked with computers developed an intense involvement with the processes of learning, with better results than found in conventional educational programs. (PB)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge. Artificial Intelligence Lab.