ERIC Number: ED305892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-24
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The True Cost of Tomorrow's Educational Technology--Money Isn't Everything.
Spina, Peter A.
Computers have brought substantial changes to schools and colleges, and the current acceleration of technological change is beginning to be seen in education. A new appreciation for technology comes at a time when education is under criticism for failing to address a rising tide of mediocrity. However, the U.S. educational system still operates with energy coming from two fundamental drives: a common interest in students and a concern by teachers to know whether their actions have had the desired effect upon their students. The strength of U.S. schools has been traditionally rooted in these interpersonal relationships and striving over time to fulfill relatively commonly held goals. Although perceptions of educational excellence relate directly to excellence in the traditional style of teaching, the new technology can be used to supplement this teaching if it can be successfully integrated into the college curriculum. Beyond the price of this new technology is the cost of humanizing the process and diffusing innovation. The reasons behind resistance to change must also be addressed, including excess uncertainty, the surprise factor, differences between new and traditional teaching methods, reflected past negative feelings, work involved in change, loss of face, and the fact that the threat posed by the change may be a real one. However, processes and techniques used in the management sector to assist in bringing about change can and should be used by educators, and with planning and communication, educational change can be effectively undertaken. (EW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 24, 1988).