ERIC Number: ED368351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul-27
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving Educational Excellence by Increasing Access to Knowledge: Discussion Document. Report of the Task Force on Education Network Technology.
National Education Goals Panel, Washington, DC.
Internetworked communications restructures relationships among educators, learners, and knowledge and information, and promises a systemic acceleration of the pace of educational change. In this report, the Task Force on Education Network Technology identifies the following rationales for deployment and utilization of such communications: to support and accelerate systemic change for educational excellence; to reconstruct and improve teaching; to expand and enrich learning opportunities; and to link schools and society to improve economic productivity and encourage lifelong learning. The problems in deployment and utilization identified are schools' organizational resistance to change and lack of technology systems support; inadequate teacher preparation and insufficient support for new modes of instruction; narrow and outmoded instructional practices and limited access to knowledge and information; and schools' disconnection from the larger society and inexperience with advanced technology resources. Finally, recommendations for deployment and utilization are listed: to invest in the appropriate system infrastructure for real educational reform and restructuring; to provide extensive professional development to maximize the likelihood of robust changes in curriculum and instruction; to expand available learning resources and enrich opportunities for access to knowledge; and to forge strategic connections surrounding schools to support the achievement of the national education goals. (JLB)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Futures (of Society), Information Networks, Lifelong Learning, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Education Goals Panel, Washington, DC.