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The Harmful Effects of Excessive Optimism in Educational Computing

Educational Technology Volume 29, Number 7, ISSN 0013-1962


Identifies and discusses 10 overly optimistic claims for the use of computers in the classroom, and makes recommendations concerning each claim. Highlights include computer labs versus curriculum integration; the development of hardware versus software; the values of computer literacy; computer networking; computer education training; the use of Logo; and telecommunications. (15 references) (LRW)


Maddux, C.D. (1989). The Harmful Effects of Excessive Optimism in Educational Computing. Educational Technology, 29(7), 23-29. Retrieved October 23, 2019 from .

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