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ERIC Number: ED152276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-13
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Computers in a Learning Society. Testimony given before the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Domestic and International Planning, Analysis, and Cooperation (Washington, D.C., October 13, 1977).
Brown, John Seely; Goldstein, Ira
A revolution that will transform learning in our society, altering both the methods and the content of education, has been made possible by harnessing tomorrow's powerful computer technology to serve as intelligent instructional systems. The unique quality of the computer that makes a revolution possible is that it can serve not only as a cognitive tool but as an active agent, in a way that books and television cannot. In this context, a new paradigm is emerging that will provide computers with an ability to understand the learner by representing problem-solving expertise within the computer, building models of the learner's skills, and communicating in English rather than programing languages. Three prototypes are discussed which manifest some of the capabilities that could be realized in tomorrow's learning environment. The first explores a potential transformation of technical education through the computer acting as consultant; the second explores the potential for a fundamental change in educational evaluation through the computer acting as assistant; and the third explores the potential for a renaissance of education in the home through the computer acting as coach. (VT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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