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Title: Two papers on the role computers play in education;
Taking control of Education Technology;
Whose computer is it anyway?
Author(s): Bruce, Bertram C.; Michaels, Sarah; Cazden, Courtney
Subject(s): computers social organization classroom inequalities
Abstract: Many students today are learning about computers. It is not clear, though, how computers should be used in school. This first paper discusses the nature of the computer as a learning tool, and suggests ways in which computer based learning activities can fit into classrooms. In fact, the paper notes, the biggest impact of computers may be in terms of the ways they contribute to the social organization of the classroom. The issue that the second paper focuses on is whether the use of computers in education will mitigate, maintain, or even increase existing inequalities Boys, and students in wealthier school districts, for example, have more opportunities to work with computers. There may also be SES related differences in the kinds of instruction that students receive through computers. The paper argues that issues of fairness and general educational value should take precedence over existing social stereotypes and political barriers. Teacher policies and practices are discussed in terms of their relationship to equality of access and opportunity.
Issue Date: 1985-12
Publisher: Champaign, Ill. : University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center for the Study of Reading.
Series/Report: Center for the Study of Reading - Reading Education Report no. 062
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/26010
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 1985 Board of Trustees University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-08-24
 

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