Proposed Paper – Technology and the Future

Ted Leath, February 2000


Proposed Paper


“Introducing Children to Adult Tasks through Virtual Reality”


The early introduction of children to adult tasks through virtual reality may promote dexterity and development of appropriate attitudes while being fun at the same time. Virtual reality provides a safe environment for children to attempt tasks that would not be safe enough or appropriate to attempt in the real physical world. Tasks like the use of a telephone kiosk, driving, using a parking meter or lawnmower are all tasks that could be undertaken using a computer workstation with VRML. VRML is an inexpensive technology that could be easily and cheaply employed in any school.


Proposed Periodical


Innovations in Education and Training International


Editors: Philip Barker, University of Teeside, UK

Gina Wisker, Anglia Polytechnic University, UK


Publication Details:

Volume 37, 2000, 4 issues per year

ISSN 1355-8005


2000 Subscription Rates

Institutional: US$224/£136

Individual: US$62/£36


Instructions for Authors


The Editors are pleased to receive for consideration contributions on any aspects of education and training likely to be of interest to readers. The main criterion of acceptance is that the material should make a contribution to knowledge in this field. The aim is to publish clear and concise papers, case studies and opinions ranging from the theoretical to the applied. All contributions, with the exception of opinions, are refereed.


1.      Papers should include one or more of the following: original work of research or developmental nature; surveys of current or recent work; proposed new methods or ideas which are well elaborated and argued.

Case Studies should be about work carried out on a national, regional or local basis. They are likely to include the following: a background scenario; a clear statement of the purpose of the work; a relationship to past or current work; who was involved; what happened; what happened; what deductions can be made; a critical review of the work; how the case study has implications for others.

Opinions are likely to include one or more of the following: research or development work which is at an early stage (the contribution is really signalling that the work is in progress); unsubstantiated personal opinions which will be of interest to the readers of IETI; articles of a speculative nature; proposed new methods of working.

2.      Contributions are accepted for publication on condition that the copyright in all original materials vests in the Staff and Educational Development Association and that the contributor has obtained any necessary permission and paid any fees for the use of other materials already subject to copyright. Contributors therefore undertake that their material is not a violation of any copyright and undertake to indemnify the Association for any loss occasioned to the Association in consequence of any breech of this undertaking.

3.      Three copies should be sent to one of the Editors whose addresses are shown on the title page of the journal. The manuscript should be on A4 paper, typed double spaced with adequate margins. A disk copy (PC compatible) should also be provided as a Word or ASCII file.

4.      Manuscripts must be in English. Straightforward language is preferred to the obscure or complex.

5.      A summary of between 100 and 150 words should be enclosed. Authors are invited to supply summaries in French and/or German, and these will be printed with accepted papers.

6.      Brief biographical notes, containing an address for correspondence, should be enclosed.

7.      Footnotes should be avoided.

8.      Main headings should by typed in capitals (INTRODUCTION, RESULTS, ETC.). Secondary headings should be in lower case.

9.      Each table and figure should be on a separate sheet, clearly labelled. Material that contains numbers should be referred to as TABLES; materials containing diagrams or mostly words should be referred to as FIGURES. Each table and figure should have an explanatory legend, which should be typed at the bottom of the page. The approximate position of each table or figure in the text should be indicated thus:

                                          TABLE 1 about here

10.   All illustrations (i.e. charts, graphs, diagrams and photographs) must be of sufficiently high quality to permit immediate reproduction. Line diagrams should be drawn in black ink, with neat lettering. Coloured lettering is not acceptable. Photocopies of line diagrams are unsuitable for reproduction unless they are of the highest standard. Photographs should be glossy prints, unmarked and uncreased, with good contrast. Contributions which are otherwise acceptable may be rejected on the grounds that illustrations are of unsatisfactory quality.

11.   References in the text should be made quoting the author's name, followed by the year of publication in brackets. Where reference has been made to a number of publications by an author in one year, these should be distinguished by using suffixes: 1974a, 1974b, etc. References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper, in the following way:

Blacklock, S. (1976) Workload, Open University Survey Research Department, mimeograph.

Connors, B. (1972) Testing innovations in course design, British Journal of Educational Technology, 3, 1, 48-52.

Lawless, C J and Kirkwood, A (1976a) Training the educational technologist, British Journal of Educational Technology, 7, 1, 54-60.

Lawless, C J and Kirkwood, A. (1976b) Individualising instructions for educational technologists. In Evans, L and Leedham, J (eds) Aspects of Educational Technology IX, Kogan Page, London.

Rowntree, D G F (1971) The Open University - case study in educational technology V: course production. In Packham, D et al. (eds) Aspects of Educational Technology 5, Pitman, London

Tyler, R W (1949) Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Notice that the titles of journals are not abbreviated, and that pagination is always given.

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Sample Papers


Sample papers follow.