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ERIC Number: ED250302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Implications for Teacher Education of Assuming That Schools of the Future Will Have Unlimited Access to Technology.
Dubitsky, Barbara
Some basic concerns about the proliferation of computers in schools are stated: (1) Educational goals for children should be established as a first priority, then what computers can do to help achieve those goals should be examined; (2) Very few pieces of software are useful in schools, and teacher education programs should explore what is needed in the context of good education; (3) Computers should be used more frequently in exploratory and non-structured ways; (4) Teachers should understand their own learning processes before they use computers as instructional media; (5) A computer can be used as an aid but cannot substitute for original thought; and (6) It is not really necessary for computer education to begin at a very young age. It is emphasized that the computer cannot teach anything but the basic materials programmed into it; a computer cannot substitute for creative thought or individual decision making. Implications for future teacher education programs are discussed with emphasis on the fact that the computer is a tool, not an area of study. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Commission on Excellence in Teacher Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A