Global Societal Trends and the New Technology: Implications for Teacher Credentialing
Contemporary media and communication technology are expanding educational possibilities and probably will alter fundamentally the structure of educational institutions. As yet, however, only the surface has been scratched in applying media and technology to education. Moreover, early experiments, such as closed circuit television, either are not regarded as successful or have not received major acceptance. To make a genuine contribution to effective schooling, new technologies such as computers must be carefully woven into the fabric of the schools. In California, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the Future is a state agency that has taken on the task of considering the role of computers in teacher preparation and certification. The agency's primary responsibility is to establish standards for the preparation of public school personnel. The commission desires to produce teachers with skills for the 1990s and the next century. It has proposed the establishment of a multistage credentialing process, and currently is conducting a survey to determine what standards related to computer literacy should be established for future teachers. Besides the necessary amount of skill training, teachers need to be trained in both the potential gains and losses resulting from the use of computer technology. (KH)
Brown, J.F. & McKibbin, M.D. Global Societal Trends and the New Technology: Implications for Teacher Credentialing.