The Role of Automation in Education

  • B. A. Myhre
Part of the Developments in Hematology and Immunology book series (DIHI, volume 22)


The processes of teaching and learning involve the movement of knowledge, motivation and techniques from the mind of an instructor to the mind of a student. By education, society transfers its knowledge in a distilled form so that the student will not have to spend his/her entire life learning well established facts by trial and error. In the beginning this knowledge was transferred by lecture, example, and discussion between one instructor and one student. This method of teaching is still very common, is extremely useful, and requires a minimum of teaching aids. The individual lecture-demonstration-discussion method can easily be altered to keep up with current information, to compensate for variables in the student’s learning ability or for defects in the teacher’s techniques so that at the end of the experience there is absolute knowledge by the instructor that information has been transferred. The difficulty with this system is that it is extremely slow, is wasteful of instructor’s time and is impermanent since it depends on the teacher to remember the information. For this reason educators began to codify their lectures into permanent written form and thus developed the book. This medium could be preserved and allowed a large permanent data base. Small lectures on discrete subjects were put together into journals or monographs [1].


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

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