Dawn of Automation Age in Teaching
Prospective Revolution in Teaching Methods
Advent of the machine as a teaching device presages, in combination with educational television, the most drastic change in techniques of mass instruction since invention of the printing press. Printing by machine was responsible for development of the textbook, which gave students identical tests to study. Television and motion pictures are making it possible to extend indefinitely the number of students who may be taught simultaneously by a single teacher. With the read-and-respond teaching machine, now the object of intensive experimentation, automation of education takes another long step forward. The machine, or rather the material doled out by the machine, takes over functions of both teacher and textbook.
Televised and filmed courses of instruction have already ...