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Title:Taking Control of Educational Technology: How to Use Computers Productively and Progressively
Author(s):Bruce, Bertram C.
Subject(s):Educational Technology
critical pedagogy
Abstract:One of the central debates in education is how to prepare students to meet the needs of a technologically oriented society. A companion question concerns the ways technology should be used in teaching traditional subjects. These issues are usually discussed in terms of efficiency of one teaching method versus another or in terms of how the limited time within the curriculum should be allocated. But prior to addressing those questions, we need to consider a more basic question about the role of computers in education: Are computers going to make education more of an instrument for bringing about conformity or can they assist "the practice of freedom"? This article takes a practical approach to addressing the latter question. It considers what computers are and how they might be used most productively in education. The examples show, among other things, that the distinction between learning about computers and learning other subjects through the use of computers is not that useful. More importantly, they are intended to suggest some ways to think about both progressive uses of computers in education and the creation of social and political environments in which such uses are more easily realized.
Issue Date:1985-11
Publisher:Science for the People
Citation Info:Bruce, Bertram C. (1985). Taking control of educational technology. Science for the People, 17, 37-40.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-08-06

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