ERIC Number: ED411365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-26
Learning Technologies in the Classroom: Review of the Literature.
Pisapia, John; Schlesinger, Jeanne; Parks, Amanda
This literature review focuses on the application of technology (primarily the computer) to education. No single vision drives the infusion of technology into the schools, although social, vocational, pedagogic, and catalytic rationales have been proposed. Technology has a role in school restructuring by standardizing and automating procedures. When the goal of restructuring is to bring about a learning environment that emphasizes complex problem solving and decision making, technology has much to offer the restructuring movement. It can help create a richer learning environment and can support either traditional or learner-centered instructional philosophies. Computers can have a significant impact on teaching style as they empower the teacher to serve as a facilitator of learning rather than a transmitter of information. There seems to be a sequence from teaching without technology to becoming an accomplished integrator of technology into the classroom. Although instructional use and technology applications and resource applications differ according to grade level, teacher use seems to be quite similar across instructional levels. Any plan to implement computer use in the schools must feature teacher training and work to solve issues of student access to hardware and software. Although it has been demonstrated that educational technology can do the things it promises, there is still a lack of systematic implementation models. Appendixes present tables and figures illustrating the review and the focus questions that guided the review. (Contains numerous references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA.