ERIC Number: ED316208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Information Technologies in Education. The Quest for Quality Software.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.
In a number of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries, a vast amount of educational software covering the major school subjects is now available. Educational authorities or independent non-profit bodies have set up clearinghouses or centers for the review and evaluation of educational software. In 1988, the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) undertook a survey of the major centers existing in OECD countries and released the results in a report which was discussed at an international seminar of member countries' representatives and experts held in Paris in 1988. This book presents a revised version of the report and the main conclusions of the seminar. Although it is primarily focused on software review and evaluation, it is also concerned with interrelated strategies linked to educational software--in particular teacher training--for the successful introduction of information technologies in education. The book stresses the necessity for government support and international cooperation if the full educational potential of information technologies is to be realized. The first of six chapters addresses computers as teaching and learning resources and the complex issue of software, while the second discusses the quality and types of educational software. The process of software review and evaluation in each of 15 OECD countries is outlined in the third chapter, and a more detailed consideration of the nature of software review and evaluation is provided in the fourth. The fifth chapter discusses the implications of software use for teachers, and the sixth outlines the major conclusions of the International Seminar on Software Review and Evaluation. A list of acronyms used is provided. (153 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.