Partners in Literacy: Schools and Libraries Building Communities Through Technology / Edition 1

Partners in Literacy: Schools and Libraries Building Communities Through Technology / Edition 1

by Larry Cuban
     
 

Why have libraries and schools-both public institutions committed to community-based learning-adopted new technologies in dramatically different ways? Exploring the differences in technology use between schools and libraries across the country, the authors describe ways that these two institutions can collaborate to improve teaching and learning while building… See more details below

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Why have libraries and schools-both public institutions committed to community-based learning-adopted new technologies in dramatically different ways? Exploring the differences in technology use between schools and libraries across the country, the authors describe ways that these two institutions can collaborate to improve teaching and learning while building communities. With a focus on literacy development, they investigate how new technologies are implemented and the lessons that institutions can learn from one another. Including case studies and surveys to illustrate concepts, the book discusses: The history and purposes of schools and libraries from the 1800s to the present. Leadership and staffing issues related to technology development. Differences in mission, structural approaches to literacy, and public expectations for schools and libraries. The uses of technology in both institutions to create stronger communities.

About the Author:
Sondra Cuban is a Lecturer in Educational Research and a researcher with the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University, England

About the Author:
Larry Cuban is Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807747957
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
08/03/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Technology in Libraries and Schools in the Early 21st Century: Separated Partners     1
Community-Based Education and Technology     6
The Central Questions     10
The Central Arguments     11
Summary of Chapters     12
Social Forces Affecting Public Libraries and Schools     14
Common Missions: Guardians and Promoters of Literacy     14
Common Missions, Different Strategies     17
Social Forces that Intensified Missions and Strategies in the Late 20th Century     20
Computers Come to Schools and Libraries     28
Explaining Libraries' and Schools' Different Strategies Toward Technology     32
Purposes and Roles     33
Isomorphisms to Explain the Change Strategies of Libraries and Schools     33
Early Period: Highly Symbolic and Symbiotic (Coercive)     35
Mid-Period: Growth of the Professions (Normative)     39
Late Period: Changing for Competition (Mimetic)     43
Learning in Libraries and Schools: Lifelong Learning Fitted to the Knowledge-Based Economy     46
Diffusion of New Technologies into Libraries and Schools     50
Adoption Processes of Libraries and Schools     54
Libraries, Literacy, andInstructional Technology     56
A Brief History of Technology-Based Library Literacy Programs     56
The Importance of Computers in Library Literacy Programs     58
A Closer Look at Computer Studies of Library Literacy Programs     60
Themes of Technology Learning for Students     72
Lessons Learned     77
Technology in Public Schools     79
Access to and Use of Technology in Public Schools     79
Why Have Computers in Schools?     81
Patterns of Technology Use in Schools Since the 1990s     83
1:1 Ratios in Public Schools     90
Schools and Libraries as Partners in Community Technologies: Special Projects or Permanent Promise?     93
A Social Practice Lens for Community-Based Education and Literacy     94
Complementary Roles for Libraries and Schools     96
Key Factors for Considering Partnerships Between Schools and Libraries     97
Transformative Collaborations     105
Community-Based Education Goals     108
Enduring Institutions     111
Notes     113
References     125
About the Authors     143
Index     145

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