Computers as Tutors: Solving the Crisis in Education
||Author: Frederick Bennett|
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Publisher: Faben, Inc. (12 June, 1999)
Sales Rank: 288,611
Average Customer Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Let's try this approach today!
Individual schooling was once the norm with small one-room schools. With increasing population, group teaching was needed to keep pace with the growth. Now, according to Dr. Bennett, we need a leap forward in education - use our new technology to return to individualized teaching. Computers as Tutors should be read by all educators and parents for applicability to their own situation. Why not try a pilot program - even for just one subject like math - in your own schools? After reading Dr. Bennett's research results, you will wonder why we have not taken this approach earlier. - The Science Spiders Newsletter
Rating: 1 out of 5
F. Bennet writes like a born again christian! The book is full of "motherhood statements"...in the words of Basil Faulty, "...special subject, stating the bleeding obvious..."!
These are my first gut reactions to this book, I'm about half way through and constantly fighting the urge to throw it in the bin. I really expect more from someone with a P.hd. I expect thorough research into other experts in this area, I expect language that is moderate and balanced instead of repeated use of words such as "calamity, disaster, etc". I expect a reasoned approach. I have to say there is little evidence of any of this.
I suspect that coming from a background in Business Administration, the Priesthood and Psychology leaves him poorly equipped to give a full analysis of this area, oh but I forgot, his wife was once a teacher! Leave it up to the experts Fred.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Welcome Maestro VIDMANI P !
GRASP by machine and MASTERY by human mentoring is author Bennett's thesis. Computers will be lesson teachers. Every learner will have own 'vidmanip' for lesson study solo. No more collectivist group study! No more daydreaming while the teacher lectures! No more undue peer pressures to contend with! Informational intake capacity will increase greatly. In communicational terms, one might say, listening to 'radio talk' has been switched to 'interactive television'. Electronic tutoring will facilitate learning to a point where failure in school will cease to be an issue. All students will be able to learn their lesson at a rate of speed best suited to their talents. Yet, achievement standards will be the highest. In fact, once adulthood has been reached, nobody will ever care whether knowledge on tap was learned rapidly or not so swiftly. Of course, accomplished lesson grasp will not suffice. Active lesson mastery musrt follow passive understanding. Narrowly defined new knowledge needs to be refined and generalized in order to mature. True education is more than acquisition of separate bits of information. Scholarship is incomplete without benefir of personal wisdom. Transition from lesson grasp to lesson mastery takes human mentoring. Pedagogic artistry is required. However, as Dr. Bennett makes quite clear, mentors act to facilitate, not to dominate. The old 'monkey do as monkey told' will be replaced by the joy and pride of learning which comes from . Sooner or later, our dysfunctional blackboard jungles will be replaced by user-friendly techno mentories. Finally, education, too, will have joined the Information Age.