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Is Technology Good for Education?

Is Technology Good for Education?

by Neil Selwyn




Digital technologies are a key feature of contemporary education. Schools, colleges and universities operate along high-tech lines, while alternate forms of online education have emerged to challenge the dominance of traditional institutions. According to many experts, the rapid digitization of education over the past ten years has undoubtedly been a ‘good thing’.

Is Technology Good For Education? offers a critical counterpoint to this received wisdom, challenging some of the central ways in which digital technology is presumed to be positively affecting education. Instead Neil Selwyn considers what is being lost as digital technologies become ever more integral to education provision and engagement. Crucially, he questions the values, agendas and interests that stand to gain most from the rise of digital education.

This concise, up-to-the-minute analysis concludes by considering alternate approaches that might be capable of rescuing and perhaps revitalizing the ideals of public education, while not denying the possibilities of digital technology altogether.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745696478
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/23/2016
Series: Digital Futures Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Neil Selwyn is Professor at the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne.

Table of Contents


1. Digital Technology and Educational Change

2. Making Education More Democratic?

3. Making Education More Personalized?

4. Making Education More Calculable?

5. Making Education More Commercial?

6. Education "Good" and the Digital—So What Needs To Change?


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