ERIC Number: ED350390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Emerging Uses of Computers for Education: An Overview of Tools and Issues for Vocational Educators.
Lewis, Matthew W.
A literature search that included project reports, overviews, software reviews, and other sources from a variety of settings and a focus group meeting of vocational educators were conducted to determine developments in computer-based education, their applications to vocational education, and barriers to the use of computer-based technology in the field. Following a section discussing the scope of the review and the issues identified in educational uses of computers (teacher's role, motivation, and gender issues), this report presents the outcomes of the study in four additional sections. Section 2 describes the strengths and weaknesses of existing computer-assisted instruction as a point of comparison for the emerging classes of tools. This discussion is followed by an overview of new optical disc technologies for delivering multimedia instruction. Section 3 classifies emerging computer technologies, using examples from the literature, and summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of each. Also included is a subsection that reviews the vocational education literature on the same technologies. Section 4 discusses the results of the focus group interviews to assess the feasibility of adopting the new technologies. Section 5 summarizes the findings and includes recommendations for how vocational educators can prepare for the emergence of these educational tools and participate in their development. A table provides an evaluation of emerging computer-based tools. Appendices include a tabular summary of selected literature, its focus group questionnaire and 242 references. (KC)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Software, Computers, Educational Media, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Hypermedia, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Materials Distribution Service, Horrabin Hall 46, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455 (order no. MDS-151: $7).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.