ERIC Number: ED278390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Learning Styles and the Microcomputer Discussed.
Much is being written about children's learning styles and using computers to accommodate student variability. Although the computer can support instruction for various learning styles, its use in the classroom should be in the best interests of all children, each of whom may be affected by physical, emotional, sociological, and environmental factors. A computer-assisted instructional management system (CMI) can help support individual learning styles because it can produce a data bank of all feasible student variables, code these to appropriate learning elements, and provide instructional modality preferences. In this respect, it can be very helpful, but teachers still need to provide high quality instruction, incorporate learning styles into curriculum for children who achieve but do not enjoy school, be selective in choosing instructional software to enhance teaching, and overcome any negativism toward computers. Also, distinction needs to be made between media and methods since highly interactive technologies can confuse the two. Teachers need to investigate the usefulness of the computer's adaptive strategies before deciding to use computers in the classroom. (DJR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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