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Title:Sources for a philosophical critique of technology in education
Author(s):Blacker, David Jonathan
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Page, Ralph C.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Education, Technology of
Education, Philosophy of
Abstract:This dissertation seeks to establish general criteria for what counts as educative in educational technology. There has been much ink spilled over how technology might be used in schools and other learning environments, whether there is enough or too little of it, whether it is equitably distributed, and what it might promise us in the future. But ironically, the amount of scholarship concerning technology in these senses seems almost inversely proportional to the amount of serious thinking regarding how technology and education might, or should be, related to one another in any deeper sense. There have been attempts in educational theory that verge upon this sort of enterprise, a prerequisite for any normative account of how technology ought to be used in education, but these attempts have been inadequate. This is due largely to the fact that the "critical" literature, such as it exists, has been trapped within the parameters of an overly simplistic ontology of technology itself.
This dissertation attempts to advance this nascent conversation by reviewing the relevant recent literature, and developing a more sophisticated view of technology than one typically finds there. This is accomplished by incorporating and expanding upon the strengths and discarding the weaknesses of existing theories, thereby building a new theory which, it is to be hoped, both rings truer and is also more serviceable to say, what it does, namely, a way of disclosing that both reveals and conceals worlds of involvement, it becomes clearer that the question concerning technology in education devolves into an inquiry into the nature and grand aims of education itself. The dissertation seeks to chart how the latter inquiry is necessitated by the former, and how a truly rich conception of education in contemporary life challenges us despite formidable obstacles to continue raising "the big questions," even as we race to become ever more technically proficient.
Issue Date:1994
Rights Information:Copyright 1994 Blacker, David Jonathan
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9503141
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9503141

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