ERIC Number: ED318452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
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Computers in the Whole Language Classroom.
It is argued that if whole language teachers are to use computers in their reading and writing programs, they will need both software and strategies for using computers that are consistent with their beliefs and goals. For whole language teachers, as for other good teachers, it is the teacher's beliefs about curriculum and instruction rather than the technology that will determine the role of the computer in the classroom. This paper explores the place of computers in whole language classrooms by considering how computers can facilitate teaching and learning in ways that are consistent with each of the following beliefs commonly held by whole language teachers: (1) children learn language through social interaction; (2) children learn by reading and writing whole and meaningful texts; (3) language is used for real purposes and with real audiences; (4) children learn when we emphasize process; (5) children need time and choices for language learning; and (6) language learning involves risk-taking. (25 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Florida Instructional Computing Conference (Orlando, FL, January 1989).