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ERIC Number: ED253349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Using Computers with Little Children: A Discussion.
Partridge, Susan
For several reasons, a growing number of intelligent adults are questioning the use of computers to instruct young children. First, the ability of computers to respond to the expressions (boredom, fatigue, the need for encouragement, etc.) of young children is limited. Second, while computers may train functional, operational, and instrumental thinking, intuition may be neglected. Third, young children exposed to computers may become oblivious to the natural world as they program an imitation world. In addition, computers cannot provide the rich sensory experiences young children need for healthy development. The imagery of computers (flat, two-dimensional, visual, and externally supplied) may negatively affect the young child's capacity to create images. Some behavioral optometrists are certain an epidemic of extreme nearsightedness will result among children who drive themselves to master computers. Compuer use involves only three of five senses by which children learn. In view of such limitations and likely consequences, money spent on computers by schools might better be spent on reducing class size and giving teachers inservice help. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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