What Curriculum for the Information Age?

What Curriculum for the Information Age?

What Curriculum for the Information Age?

What Curriculum for the Information Age?

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This book has developed from a conference held at Teachers College, Columbia University on April 17, 1986, entitled "What Curriculum for the Information Age?" The conference was sponsored by the Electronic Learning Laboratory and the Department of Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education at Teachers College; the National School Boards Association, represented by James A. Mecklenburger, Director, Institute for the Transfer of Technology to Education; and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, represented by Nancy Sceiford, Associate Director for Elementary and Secondary Educational Activities.

The idea for the conference evolved from discussions with the invited speakers who shared a concern that our public schools were not responding to the real potential that the information technologies hold for learning and for teaching. We felt that the educational issue was not what technologies to buy, where to put them, or when to schedule instruction on them.

We thought the real issue was the curriculum itself. Public schools needed to think very seriously about whether the present curriculum was adequate in the light of how the information technologies were changing access to information, the learning processes, and the very nature of information itself. It seemed to us that the time had come to change the focus of the school discussion from the notion that the technologies were an interesting adjunct to instruction, to the conception that the technologies represented a very basic change in what might be taught, and how it might be learned.

The contributors to this volume share quite different approaches to what that curriculum should be, ranging from recommending a basic change in what is taught, to a concern for the limitations of technology in teaching humanistic values. These differences in point of view are accentuated even more in the . . .

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