Teachers or Computers? Argumentative Essay by capital writers

Teachers or Computers?
Argues that the educational system should place higher priority on the provision of more teachers rather than on additional computers.
# 28821 | 1,451 words | 8 sources | APA | 2002 | US

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In this "computer age" governments and educational authorities continue to invest significant amounts of money and resources into the purchase and installation of computers within schools, colleges and universities. However, although the ratio of computers to students has vastly increased in recent years, many educational professionals have raised serious questions and concerns over the effectiveness of information technology to improve the processes of teaching and learning. The paper shows that, simultaneously, the resources available for the training and employment of teachers have been proportionately reduced - resulting, within many regions, in a related reduction in the teacher to student ratio. The paper argues that, considering the long established importance of the teacher-student relationship to the education process and in light of research that confirms the central role of teachers and of teacher training in the successful utilization of computers within schools, it is in the interest of the education system to place higher priority upon the provision of more teachers rather than on additional computers.

From the Paper:

"Those who advocate more computers rather than more teachers also cite studies, such as those of Bialo and Sivin-Kachala (1996), which report other benefits enjoyed by students who use technology: including the development of increased self confidence and self esteem. It is argued that this is particularly true when the technology allows the students to control their own learning. Today, students use multimedia to learn interactively and work on class projects, they use the Internet to do research, engage in projects, and to communicate. The new technologies allow students to have more control over their own learning, to think analytically and critically, and to develop a sense of independence (Webb, 1989). It is also argued that, unlike the human teacher, the computer is always willing and ready to assist the student with this self-directed learning, and is able to answer any question on any subject."

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