TITLE

Computer-Based Instruction

AUTHOR(S)
Suppes, Patrick
PUB. DATE
October 1967
SOURCE
Education Digest;Oct1967, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the potentialities, problems, and prospects of computer-based instruction. It is of the greatest importance to emphasize that the existence of the technology and the recognition of its possibilities do not guarantee that it will be used or that it will be used with maximum efficiency. In many respects, the deep and complicated problems only begin when the technology is ready for application and decisions must be made as to how it should be used. Four major aspects of computer- based instruction seem to offer great potentiality for education at all levels, particularly at the elementary school level. The first and most important is concerned with the well-known psychological generalization that there exist definite and clearly significant individual differences. Closely related is the matter of a systematic and straightforward introduction of many of the standard skills. A number of pressing problems confront attempts to implement computer- assisted instruction. The first problem is that of reliability. With respect to the future of computer-assisted instruction, there is no doubt that the skill subjects can be handled most easily and effectively in this environment, though other subject matter will eventually be presented successfully, too. Another important prospect of computerized education is its ability to upgrade the standards of those aspects of elementary subjects concerned with drill and practice.
ACCESSION #
18619986

 

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