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Beyond Technology's Promise: An Examination of Children's Educational Computing at Home

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After taking a hard look at the computer scene in a three year investigation and drawing the not surprising conclusion that most children use computers to play games, this text proposes directions to facilitate the educational use of computers and other promising technology.
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Overview

After taking a hard look at the computer scene in a three year investigation and drawing the not surprising conclusion that most children use computers to play games, this text proposes directions to facilitate the educational use of computers and other promising technology.
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Editorial Reviews

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"[Giacquinta's] writing is eloquent, rich in anecdotes, rhetorical and persuasive." David Hawkridge, Nature

"...takes a hard look at the home computer scene...the three-year, qualitative investigation provides contextual information crucial to our understanding of how computers are really being used..." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society

"The authors of Beyond Technology's Promise have provided the field with important and foundational information regarding home computing that suggests that the purchase of a computer does not insure effective computer use." Margaret A. Gallego, Mind, Culture, and Activity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521407847
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Ch. 1 The Promise 1
Ch. 2 Studying the Promise 13
Ch. 3 The Absence of Children's Academic Computing at Home 30
Ch. 4 The Availability of Educational Software 48
Ch. 5 The Importance of Parental Encouragement and Assistance 62
Ch. 6 The Role of Gender in Home Computer Use 80
Ch. 7 School Use of Computers 101
Ch. 8 Children's Preference for Games 118
Ch. 9 Redefining a New Technology as a Social Innovation 132
Ch. 10 Viewing Technological Change as a Social Process 149
Ch. 11 Reexamining the Home-School Computer Connection 167
Ch. 12 Where Do We Go from Here? 183
Appendix A. A Further Note on SITE Fieldwork and Analysis 198
Appendix B. List of Codes for SITE Log Analysis 202
Appendix C. SITE Log Analysis Codebook 205
Appendix D. List of Families and School-Aged Children 210
Appendix E. Specific Steps Families Might Take 212
References 219
Index 234
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