September 28, 2011

“But throwing out entrenched, misleading ideas and providing children with open access to computers is not enough in itself. We also need a whole new set of concepts and paradigms for studying the learning process in this burgeoning computer age.

What I am saying about computers is no doubt true about other materials and other ways of teaching. But the computer’s impact is far more powerful. It gives us the opportunity of making much more radical changes in the conditions of learning than any other means we have had in the past, so the need for radical thinking becomes more urgent and the problems become more fundamental. The computer’s presence and capabilities demand a deeper reexamination of accepted theory – as well as experimental methodologies in educational psychology. “

Papert, S. 1984. “New Theories for New Learnings.” School Psychology Review, Oct.

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