ERIC Number: ED332318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Real Restructuring through Technology.
Ahearn, Eileen M.
Perspectives, v3 n1 Spr 1991
The premise of this paper is that the most important need in education today is the design of an appropriate role for computers and related technologies to profoundly change teacher roles and the structure of the educational system. The discussion describes how teachers can act as central agents for meaningful educational reform. Based on a new technology-based paradigm in which the teacher's role is management of a multiple learning source system, the teacher becomes an information resource and mentor. Advantages of using computer-based technology for educational restructuring include increased planning time for teachers, creation of an active student learning role, individualized learning that eliminates student placement systems, a focus on outcomes rather than input, and increased opportunities for professional growth. Making the restructured system a reality requires a view of schools in their social context, investment of the business sector, and substantial financial commitment. The first steps mandate the full involvement of teachers, leading to professionalization, and public and private collaborative funding. (LMI)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Individualized Instruction, Learner Controlled Instruction, School Restructuring, Teacher Role, Technological Advancement, Technology
Publications, Council for Basic Education, 725 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.