ERIC Number: ED236555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Beyond the Computer: Reading as a Process of Intellectual Development.
Thompson, Mark E.
With more than 100,000 computers in public schools across the United States, the impact of computer assisted instruction (CAI) on students' reading behavior needs to be evaluated. In reading laboratories, CAI has been found to provide an efficient and highly motivating means of teaching specific educational objectives. Yet, while computer technology may improve students' reading skills, it cannot inspire the desire to read independently. That desire is the product of personality traits, family characteristics, and motivational factors such as teacher encouragement, campus stimulation, and the need for self-gratification. Individual initiative, thoughtful contemplation, and the power to reason things out after reading about and studying a topic are all beyond computer technology. The business of education is to turn out students with imagination, desire, and the capacity for choice. If used indiscriminately, computers may prove to foster restricted and mechanical patterns of thought. (MM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Computers, Critical Thinking, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Imagination, Independent Reading, Reading Achievement, Reading Centers, Reading Habits, Reading Instruction, Recreational Reading, Student Motivation, Student Teacher Relationship, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Reading Association (26th, Minneapolis, MN, October 28-29, 1983).