The Child and the Machine

How Computers Put Our Children's Education at Risk

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Armstrong and Casement thoughtfully consider the use of computers to teach children. They explore theories of how children learn and their application to the hottest trend in education, computer literacy. The pressures of accountability and burgeoning technology drive the interest in computerizing schools, but Armstrong and Casement see computers as being in danger of becoming, like TV, a threat to educational development. They cite research critical of computer learning, which maintains that computers deprive children of sensory experience and may actually hurt academic performance. They note that most studies on how computers affect learning are inconclusive. The amount of benefit that students derive from computers depends on their state of developmental readiness and the adequacy of their teachers’ training. Armstrong and Casement examine integrated learning systems, schools with heavy reliance on computer learning, and software packages for children as young as eight months, but their bottom line is that money spent on computers would be better spent on more teachers to reduce the student-teacher ratio

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Weight15.2 oz
Dimensions6.2 x 0.8 x 9 in







May, 2000