ERIC Number: ED315050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
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Costs of the New Information Technologies in Education: Characteristics and Problems of Measurement.
Eicher, J. C.
Although an increasing number of theoretical analyses and evaluations have been conducted since microcomputer technology was developed and introduced into classrooms, few new studies have been undertaken on the costs of these new information technologies (NIT). This report focuses on the methodological problems that must be solved in order to assess the costs of NIT and on possible consequences of the use of NIT on the cost of education. The first section addresses some general principles of cost analysis of educational systems using NIT, including discussions of basic concepts used in cost analysis and differences in cost structures between conventional education and a system making extensive use of NIT. The second section considers the effects of an extensive introduction of NIT on the costs of conventional education in both developing and developed nations, including costs of equipment, hardware operation, and other operations. Probable cost implications for the use of NIT in distance teaching are outlined in the final section. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
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