Science: Electronic Schoolteacher

A schoolteacher who is tireless, vigilant and indifferent to big red apples was on exhibit at London's Physical Society. The teacher is electronic and the creation of two young Cambridge scientists, Physicist McKinnon ) Wood and Psychologist Gordon Pask, under contract with Solartron Electronic Group Ltd. Designed for teaching such routine skills as typing and running radar equipment, the electronic teacher gives patient, individual attention.

The trouble with human teachers, say Wood and Pask, is that unless they are extremely good, they cannot observe in detail the intimate characteristics of each pupil. Each pupil's biases, habits and individual eccentricities determine how he...

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