COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS TO EDUCATION.
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The electronic computer, mainstay of an advanced information processing technology, is described as being central to the solution of information management and control problems in education. Current applications of computer and information system technology in schools and colleges are discussed in a state-of-the-art summary which includes a wide range of computer activities in school business accounting, student and faculty personnel accounting, administration and guidance, simulation and gaming, information retrieval, and research and instruction. Present applications of computer and information system technology to education are viewed as being limited in scope largely because of the lack of understanding by educators of the potential use of computers rather than technical problems. Contributing to the limitations in present usage is the fragmented approach to system design. A total systems approach is described as a more fruitful means of serving the information needs of the administrator, teacher, counselor, student, and school business official. The prediction is made that current research and development programs in educational information systems and computer technology could lead to major changes in the form and substance of American education at both the school and college level. Author