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ERIC Number: ED115404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 26
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Remarks on the Possible Economic Significance of Early Childhood Educational Technology.
Schulman, Rosalind; Steg, Doreen
This pilot study investigated the projected long-term economic effects of using the Edison Responsive Environment (ERE) machine in teaching 3- and 4-year-old preschool children. The ERE can be programmed in a variety of ways (to talk , play games, read aloud, show pictures and take dictation). The program developed for this study had four phases: (1) child learned alphabet; (2) child learned that letters form words; (3) child learned to read what he or machine typed; and (4) child developed personal stories using his own voice and drawings (for slides). Data collected between 1967 and 1972, on deprived and non-deprived preschoolers, exposed or not exposed to ERE, indicated the effectiveness of this technological approach to the development of prereading skills, considered basic to continued success in school. Statistics based on the concept of the economic dollar value of potential lifetime earnings (which fluctuate according to the level of schooling completed by an individual) indicated that the potential use of ERE technology as a preschool remedial technique for disadvantaged children is economically significant, even when the costs of purchasing and using ERE equipment are considered in the analysis. (ED)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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