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ERIC Number: ED261465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Technology and Learning: Changing Minds in a Changing World. Schooling and Technology, Volume 4.
Willis, Bernice H.; And Others
This document, the publishers' fourth volume on schooling and technology, explores in detail the mismatch between the historically developed purposes, roles, and practices of the schools and the nature of the new technology. Specifically, it juxtaposes characteristics of today's children and the currently available educational technologies (including television) with the skills, roles, and professional training of today's teachers, and on this basis, it suggests a set of new skills and roles for teachers and describes preconditions for successful change. After a brief introduction, part 1 focuses on the behavior, perception, thinking, and learning of the contemporary child, as it has been shaped and influenced by electronic media. Part 2 rests on the assumption that teachers as a profession are motivated by values and beliefs that have little relevance to children raised in the electronic age. To serve these children, the teaching profession will need to adapt to a new set of working principles, shifting their role from disseminators of knowledge to collaborators in learning. Part 3 focuses on the immediate concerns that confront educators. Elements for successful reform described in the literature are reviewed and linked to existing models of growth and change that can serve as bridges to the major structural changes in educational systems that many believe will be necessary to meet the needs of contemporary learners. One model is the Waterford School (Orem, Utah), a private K-12 school participating in the research, development, and implementation of electronic educational materials and methods. conclusion sets forth a five-point agenda of critical tasks for the educational community. Seven pages of notes and bibliography conclude the document. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement, Research Triangle Park, NC.