Rethinking Online Education: Media, Ideologies, and Identities

Rethinking Online Education: Media, Ideologies, and Identities

by Bessie Mitsikopoulou


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Rethinking Online Education Resources analyzes online educational materials on the recent Iraq war aimed to be used by U.S. educators in elementary and secondary schools. It is suggested that far from being ideologically neutral, these educational materials weave together resources which provide a coherent view of the Iraq war theme, and can thus been seen as constituting a kind of an informal curriculum. Mitsikoupoulou argues that the teacher resources adhere to different pedagogical discourses and constitute materializations of two broad approaches to education. A number of pedagogical issues are also raised in the discussion: What is the difference between critical thinking and critical pedagogy? How is the genre of lesson plan realized in different teaching philosophies and how do curricular texts change when they are delivered online? This important book highlights the need to explore the new forms of textuality which emerge from online curricular materials and to develop an understanding of the processes of text composition, distribution and consumption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594519666
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/28/2013
Series: Series in Critical Narrative
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bessie Mitsikopoulou is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of English Studies, University of Athens, Greece. Her research interests are in the areas of educational linguistics, critical discourse analysis, digital and academic literacies. From 2004 to 2008, she was thematic consultant of English Literacy and a member of the scientific committee for the Second Chance Schools in Greece. Her recent books include The Periphery Viewing the World and Literacy in English: Curriculum, Methodological Suggestions, Educational Materials.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part A Curricular Materials for Students Chapter 1 Critical Thinking in NewsHour Extra Chapter 2 Critical Pedagogy in Rethinking Schools Chapter 3 The Ideology of the Instructional Texts Part B Curricular Materials for Teachers Chapter 4 The Genre of Lesson Plans Chapter 5 Hypermodality: A New Form of Textuality Chapter 6 Conclusion

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