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ERIC Number: ED247202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Computers and Social Knowledge; Opportunities and Opportunity Cost.
Hartoonian, Michael
Educators must use computers to move society beyond the information age and toward the age of wisdom. The movement toward knowledge and wisdom constitutes an evolution beyond the "third wave" or electronic/information age, the phase of history in which, according to Alvin Toffler, we are now living. We are already moving into a fourth wave, the microbiotechnological age, which has at its base the powerful combination of the computer and the explosion of knowledge. This fourth wave is driven by knowledge as applied to natural and social phenomena and is aligned with the more traditional notion of subject matter. In the fourth wave computers will be turned more toward specific disciplines and will give up a great deal of their former task as organizers of information; students will need to spend time with computers within subject areas. In order to reach the fifth wave, known as the age of wisdom and judgment, attention must be paid to the concept of opportunity. There must be equal opportunity for computer usage relative to class, race, and sex; there must be fair use of computers across discipline lines; and the computer must be used to help educators teach more knowledge in school programs. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A