ERIC Number: ED295656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
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The Search for Meaningful Reform: A Third-Wave Educational System.
Reigeluth, Charles M.
It is widely recognized that the American educational system has some important shortcomings. These shortcomings are the result of an educational system that is inadequate for today's information based society. This group-based, lock-stepped, graded, and time-oriented system has effectively destroyed the inherent desire of children to learn. In addition, the system is unable to adapt to the accelerated use of educational technology in the learning process. What is needed is a structural reform, but this reform must be made gradually and over a long period of time to permit sufficient time for planning, development, and improvement. In one suggested "third-wave" educational system, the teacher's role would change from one of disseminating knowledge to that of a guide who motivates, advises and manages the child's learning. Parents would choose the guide for their child, based on information from, among other sources, independent "consumer reports." Students and their teacher-guides would be grouped together in "clusters," with instruction provided through free-standing learning laboratories. Student learning goals and activities would be established by contract each quarter to provide a balance between structure and flexibility. A district wide "Consumer Aid" agency would serve both as a place to match students with teacher-guides and a watchdog service to provide reports on teachers, clusters, and learning laboratories. (34 footnotes) (EW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (New Orleans, LA, January 14-19, 1988). For the complete proceedings, see IR 013 331.