ERIC Number: ED331481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Computers and Paideia: The Cultural Context or "Compupaideia" of Computer Assisted Learning.
Taken from the terms "computer" and "paideia," the term "compupaideia" refers to the cultural context of computer assisted instruction (CAI) and computer assisted learning (CAL). The question may be raised, what is the cultural context that made CAI desirable, and how does one determine whether CAI is well suited to a particular culture? The answers to these questions may be found by reviewing the research on computer based instruction, and by examining educational environments and educational sociology. For example, if a student sometimes fails to learn, the cause may be because of a failure to understand that student's cultural traits, characteristics, and background. Compupaedia deals with culture-sensitive CAI programs, and recognizes its importance in a pluralistic society where people of diverse cultural backgrounds must learn successfully in standardized educational contexts. Rather than provide guarantees for success, compupaedia simply suggests that culture, too, may be an important variable in the design of instruction. (15 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Computer Assisted Learning (2nd, Dallas, TX, May 9, 1989).