Definition of teaching machine in English:

teaching machine

Pronunciation /ˈtēCHiNG məˈSHēn/ /ˈtitʃɪŋ məˈʃin/


  • A machine or computer that gives instruction to a student according to a program, reacting to their responses.

    ‘The role of technology in education has been controversial since the advent of educational television, teaching machines, and computer-assisted instruction.’
    • ‘Pretty soon, all lectures will be replaced by radio… no, television… no, teaching machines… no, computers.’
    • ‘The ultimate lesson learned comes when the teaching machine is denied, is repudiated.’
    • ‘Our children will learn from TV, recorders and teaching machines.’
    • ‘The equipment has changed (teaching machines were once the answer to all problems) but it's the same old stuff.’
    • ‘It was the period when teaching machines were introduced, the more sophisticated ones being controlled by computer.’
    • ‘On the basis of this distinction, it should be noted that constructional clinical practice can be closer to the teaching machine and laboratory contingency than it is to the textbook type of contingency.’
    • ‘It's a teaching machine, particularly good for helping preschoolers learn the alphabet and words.’