ERIC Number: ED263657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Public Policy and Learning Technology: On the Trail of the Red Herring.
Clabaugh, Gary K.; Vogel, Robert
According to dictionary definitions, the concept of "technology" does not have to involve hardware, but refers instead to the application of scientific methods or scientifically derived knowledge to a practical task. Despite the availability of complex new instructional hardware to teachers, very little in the way of pedagogical technology has been effectively provided them. They rely instead on tradition, common sense, and charisma, and often adopt the attitude of "know-nothingism" that goes along with these imprecise guides to teaching practice. Such attitudes prevent the development of commonly understood information about teaching. The most powerful technology available to teachers today is based on the psychological and biological principles underlying human growth and development, yet too few teachers know, understand, or can apply the concepts drawn from these fields to their work with students. Until a technology of teaching is developed that will help teachers understand the impact and effective utilization of the tools at their disposal, training teahcers to use advanced hardware may only lead to their having greater impact in their incompetence. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (9th, Orlando, FL, November 16-20, 1984).