Annotation: Computers for Learning: Psychological Perspectives


Requests for reprints to: Professor Paul Light, Department of Psychology, University of Southamton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, U.K.


The research literature on the use of computers in support of learning is already vast. In this review, the focus is on children's learning, and on the way in which psychological theories of learning have informed (and, to a lesser extent, been informed by) developments in the field of computer-based learning. Associationist, constructivist, and social-constructivist approaches are explored, and issues of equity, access, and special learning needs are addressed. It is concluded that computers have led to, and will continue to lead to, significant changes in both what and how children learn.