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Resolution on Computers in English and Language Arts

1983 NCTE Annual Business Meeting in Denver, Colorado

Background

The arrival of computer technology in schools and colleges, NCTE members noted, has brought with it both benefits and problems. Among the latter they cited the uneven quality of teaching methods and materials, plus unequal student access to computers resulting from economic conditions and from inequities among teaching disciplines. They called on NCTE to help solve these problems. Be it therefore

Resolution

Resolved, that the National Council of Teachers of English through its publications and professional meetings explore the effective use of computers in the teaching of English and language arts;

     that NCTE urge equity of access to computers among students of varying socio-economic levels and among various departments within a school; and

     that NCTE provide leadership in defining legitimate uses of the computer by encouraging research and by disseminating information about the role of computers in the English language arts curriculum.

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