Technophiles and Technophobes?

Burnett, Bruce M. (2004) Technophiles and Technophobes? In Burnett, Bruce M., Meadmore, Daphne A., & Tait, Gordon W. (Eds.) New questions for contemporary teachers : taking a socio-cultural approach to education. Prentice Hall, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W..

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Rather than extol the benefits of new technologies in relation to pedagogy, this chapter seeks to unpack several of the broader social issues related to the rapid development of new technologies, and how these issues come to ground in schools. Clearly the integration of technology into the day-to-day educational practices of schools has been far from seamless. Usually debates about the efficacy of technology are bifurcated. On one side are technophobes or neo-Luddites who campaign against the negative outcomes of what they generally interpret as an over reliance on technology. On the other side are technophiles who naively position technology as a panacea for a multitude of problems faced by schools. Although both sides offer valid comment, as is often the case with extremely divergent opinions, a more accurate assessment is located somewhere in between these extreme positions. Despite the existence of a continuum of technological endorsement in society, it is important to note that many practicing teachers share a commonly focused understanding of the advantages and problems associated with technology within their schools. This perception of technology centres on teacher and student ability to manipulate technology as hardware, technology as software, and increasingly, technology as function.

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ID Code: 15735
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: ICTs, Internet, Online education
ISBN: 9781741032260
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
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 2004 Prentice Hall
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:38

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