COMPUTERS AND DECISION-MAKING IN EDUCATION.
A professional paper,
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Computers are tools to help man think. They do not, strictly speaking, ever make decisions. We make the decisions when we write the programs which specify what is to be done under each foreseeable circumstance. In so doing, our values are exposed--to our own view and to others. Some of the resistance to the use of computers in the management of human institutions may arise from anxiety about the computer imperative The need to make explicit the bases upon which we intend to take actions and to select among alternatives. However, properly understood, this imperative may in the long run not only require but permit more creative and flexible management and control systems in education, with the object of improving our capacity to predict consequences and to respond to rapidly changing circumstances. Author