Cognition, Education, and Multimedia: Exploring Ideas in High Technology

Cognition, Education, and Multimedia: Exploring Ideas in High Technology

Cognition, Education, and Multimedia: Exploring Ideas in High Technology

Cognition, Education, and Multimedia: Exploring Ideas in High Technology

Synopsis

Computers have become a topic of concern, debate, argument, dogmatism, and inquiry among a variety of people who are interested in the fate and effectiveness of the educational system. This book presents working hypotheses of ways in which computers may fit into and/or transform classroom education. Through the exploration of learning and cognitive theory as it infuses technological developments, this volume promises to illuminate a number of important issues, including experiential learning and nontraditional computer-based instruction.

Excerpt

Don Nix IBM, Thomas J. Watson Research Center

It is important that people who think about cognition, learning, and education, and who do not operate solely within the boundaries of classroom exigencies and traditional computer approaches to classroom education, explore the value of computers in education. Such explorations may provide outlines of feasibility, if and where they exist, for ways to use computers in education. These guidelines, if forthcoming, would augment, amplify, clarify, nullify, and/or replace guidelines both from traditional approaches and newer approaches.

Computers present a set of choices to the educational system. In this book, the educational system usually refers to K-12. Computers have become a topic of concern, debate, argument, dogmatism, and inquiry among a varied assortment of people who are interested in the fate and effects and purposes of the educational system.

One reasonable point of view is that computers, although perhaps in many ways different than other implements of classroom activities (such as books, workbooks, kits, teachers, peers, clean-up time), will be contained within the existing system and will, in time, be another such implement without contributing any special qualities. That is, this point of view is that computers will be contained by the existing system, and will not result in fundamental changes to it.

There are many reasons computers may have no significant effect on the . . .

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