Literacy ethics: Defence against a technology of literacy for the military

Kapitzke, Cushla (2007) Literacy ethics: Defence against a technology of literacy for the military. Curriculum Perspectives, 27(3), pp. 69-73.

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This short paper is part of a symposium on technological literacy in the journal, Curriculum Perspectives. It traces the birth of computerized technologies to Cold War north America, and argues that recent developments in curricular reform—such as those of the Aerospace Studies Senior Syllabus developed in Queensland through a public private partnership with Boeing Incorporated—promote functionalist models of literacy education. Following an outline of this school-industry initiative, it argues that literacy educators in particular need to think about a literacy ethics. Such ethical agency would place the onus on policy makers, administrators, industry representatives, and educators to examine the costs of attaining personal, political and professional aspirations and strategies in and through governance measures, and to consider what is co-opted or compromised in the desire to obtain those ends.

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ID Code: 12412
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Literacy, technological literacy, digital literacies, computer literacies, information and communications technologies, literacy ethics, militarism, curriculum reform, Aerospace Studies, school industry partnerships, public private partnerships, ethical agency, globalization, Foucault
ISSN: 0159-7868
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Cushla Kapitzke
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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