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Computers in the Classroom: A Status Report


The current plateau in the use of computers in the schools is discussed. An explanation for this is drawn from brief historical examples that demonstrate the inherent conservatism of schools and teachers, the problem of integrating technology in the classroom, and the resistance of teachers to practices that present a perceived threat to good interpersonal relationships with students. In addition, contemporary criticisms are noted that help explain the diminished enthusiasm for computers in schools. Reference is made to disappointing research results on computers and student learning and development, and a summary assessment of the quality of software typically available for schools is presented. The paper concludes with a recommendation for the use of computers as a learning tool, emphasizing that computers should become meaningfully embedded in the curriculum and routine pedagogy of schools. (28 references) (Author/GL)


Ognibene, R. Computers in the Classroom: A Status Report. Retrieved November 13, 2019 from .

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