ERIC Number: ED232348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
The Special Educator in the Information Age.
Hofmeister, Alan M.
The author cites the arrival of the information age and considers its implications for special education. He suggests that special educators must build their information management skills. Four specific applications of microcomputers in special education are addressed: tool applications (in which students use microcomputer technology as personal assistive devices), computer assisted instruction (drill and practice and tutorial programs), computer managed instruction, and computer literacy. The author considers the over use and improper application of drill and practice types of computer assisted instruction (CAI). The tutorial type of CAI is seen as very effective for learning disabled and other mildly handicapped students. Applications of computer managed instruction to individualized programing and program evaluation are noted. Computer use and computer awareness are explained to be major components of a computer literacy curriculum, and suggestions are made for educators to prepare their own computer literacy programs. Effects of the information age on the teacher's changing roles are examined. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Use of Microcomputers in Special Education (Hartford, CT, March 10-12, 1983).