ERIC Number: ED265643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Identifying Advanced Technologies for Education's Future.
Moore, Gwendolyn B.; Yin, Robert K.
A study to determine how three advanced technologies might be applied to the needs of special education students helped inspire the development of a new method for identifying such applications. This new method, named the "Hybrid Approach," combines features of the two traditional methods: technology-push and demand-pull. Technology-push involves creating new technologies before markets are identified; demand-pull strategies focus on identifying user needs and developing technologies to meet them. The hybrid approach identifies existing applications of technology in one field and forecasts their future applicability to situations in another field. Five steps are involved: (1) defining the technology, (2) identifying current uses of the technology, (3) obtaining specialists' views of the potential applicability of the current uses to new settings, (4) rating the scenarios developed in the previous step according to their chances for success, and (5) disseminating information about the potential uses found. A modified Delphi technique was used for the hybrid approach in the study. This paper draws on one aspect of the study (concerning applications of artificial intelligence technology to special education) as an illlustration of the workings of the process. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: COSMOS Corp., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).