Questioning Technology: Electronic Technologies and Educational Reform / Edition 1

Questioning Technology: Electronic Technologies and Educational Reform / Edition 1

by Karen A. Ferneding
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820450472

ISBN-13: 9780820450476

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

This book revisits current technocentric educational reform policy and examines the meaning of educational reform within the context of a technological society and globalized market economy. Having colonized the politics of educational reform, technocentrism has narrowed the social space of educational reform discourse by invalidating alternative social visions

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This book revisits current technocentric educational reform policy and examines the meaning of educational reform within the context of a technological society and globalized market economy. Having colonized the politics of educational reform, technocentrism has narrowed the social space of educational reform discourse by invalidating alternative social visions germane to the tradition of social justice and the development of a civic society. This book interrogates current technocentric discourse through the voices of educators who engage in the practice of «questioning technology» and raises significant issues regarding the dominance of a technology-based reform agenda, techno-utopianism as a dominant social vision, and the positioning of teachers within school cultures reconfigured by control technologies and performity. Educators need to create a deliberative approach to technology adoption, for only by assuming a more questioning stance toward the adoption of technological innovations can we hope to avoid technological determinism and take responsibility for the consequences of our inventions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820450476
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Introduction: The Politics of Educational Reform in a Technological Society1
Ch. 1The Social Vision of Technological Determinism21
Ch. 2Alternative Visions: Questioning Technocentrism41
Ch. 3Technocentric Reform and the Rationalization of Teachers' Work89
Ch. 4The Story of Shelton Valley Middle School109
Ch. 5The Story of Zepeda Elementary School147
Ch. 6Embracing the Lifeworld: Understanding the Technopessimism of Educators201
Bibliography257
Index267

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