Cockpit Cognition: Education, the Military and Cognitive Engineering

  • Douglas D. Noble
Part of the Human-Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


The goals of public education, as well as conceptions of human intelligence and learning, are undergoing a transformation through the application of military-sponsored information technologies and information processing models of human thought. Recent emphases in education on thinking skills, learning strategies, and computer-based technologies are the latest episodes in the postwar military agenda to engineer intelligent components, human and artificial, for the optimal performance of complex technological systems. Public education serves increasingly as a “human factors” laboratory and production site for this military enterprise, whose high performance technologies and command and control paradigms have also played central roles in the emergence of the information economy.


Cognitive engineering Education Educational technology Cognitive science Information society Military technology Military research and development Learning research Problem solving Thinking skills 


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