ERIC Number: ED220943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Computers and Curriculum--Promises and Problems.
Caldwell, Robert M.
The educational problems of the United States have reached critical proportions, particularly if the nation is to maintain leadership in high technology industries. This document explores the promise technology offers for improving instruction and broadening alternatives for instructional delivery. The author considers how technologically assisted instruction affords such benefits as the provision of training programs at widely separated locations, the individualization of instruction, the use of modularized curricular units, the integration of media providing several types of sensory experience, easy handling of drill and practice, and easy transportation and flexible use of hardware. Cost benefits cited include the declining cost of hardware and the student attrition reductions caused by increased motivation. The practicability of nontraditional forms of education when supported technologically is noted. The author also addresses problems hindering the use of computers in education, including the lack of adequate courseware, the cost of development, the rapidity of technological change, the low level of computer literacy, and the unfair comparisons of computer-based systems with other media. Three myths concerning technology are noted and dispelled: that computers dehumanize the learning process, that computers will replace teachers, and that technology has not fulfilled its promise. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Improvement, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Instructional Materials
Not available separately; see EA 014 833.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Technology and Education: Policy, Implementation, Evaluation. Proceedings of the National Conference on Technology and Education (January 26-28, 1981). For related documents, see EA 014 833.