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Some educational implications of the microprocessor revolution

Cochrane, William (1984) Some educational implications of the microprocessor revolution. Masters thesis, Durham University.



The development of the microprocessor has enabled a whole new generation of sophisticated electronic devices to be produced. Microprocessors are cheap to make, versatile in their range of application, and can be used to produce powerful computers and sophisticated pieces of control apparatus, which are being widely deployed in industry and commerce. They are also cheap enough to be used in a variety of household devices, from washing machines to videogames. This thesis examines some of the effects which the microprocessor might have on people's lives in the future, and the educational implications of their proliferation. From the educational point of view there are, perhaps, two broad areas of interest; firstly, direct effects arising from the introduction of microprocessors into educational establishments and, secondly, the indirect effects arising from changes in society. Before attempting to predict future changes in the educational system it is useful to review some current areas of interest and, therefore, some aspects of educational theory which may be relevant are examined. One widely accepted view of the microprocessor revolution is that it will lead to massive unemployment, and the validity of this view is examined. Some of the predictions of job losses which may ensue are also considered, together with some of the possibilities for occupying increased leisure time which may result. The concept of "education for leisure" is examined vis-a-vis possible changes in employment patterns. The direct role of microprocessors in schools is considered, together with future implications for teaching and learning. Possible consequences on the curriculum are discussed.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Education
Thesis Date:1984
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:15 May 2013 15:46

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