ERIC Number: ED312989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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The Use of Computers in Australian Schools: Six Years of Pragmatism.
Wallace, Andrew R.
Schools throughout Australia both teach about computers and use computers as a medium for teaching at all levels of the educational system, but teachers use the computer to support existing pedagogic practice rather than looking to the computer as an agent of curriculum change. Drawing in a descriptive way upon a number of recent studies and proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education conferences for the last 5 years, this paper examines the processes behind the development of classroom computing as it now exists, documents the extent of changes that the technology has brought to Australian schools, and draws parallels with the experience of schools in the United States. Major sections of the report focus on: (1) the beginnings and contexts for innovation; (2) the phenomena of innovation; (3) innovation and professional development; (4) inventory of an innovation; (5) the innovation and the student body; and (6) innovation futures. Tables of statistical data are included throughout the discussion, and eight appendixes provide additional data. A 23-item bibliography is also included. (GL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia