Cyber Spaces/Social Spaces: Culture Clash in Computerized by Colin Lankshear, Michele Knobel, Ivor F. Goodson, J.

By Colin Lankshear, Michele Knobel, Ivor F. Goodson, J. Marshall Mangan

What occurs whilst a brand new social know-how is imposed at the proven social expertise of the varsity? This ebook offers an strange program of serious cultural research to a sequence of empirical case reviews of academic makes use of of knowledge and conversation applied sciences (ICTs). Drawing on learn performed over a ten-year interval in 3 various areas of the Anglo-American “developed” global, it examines issues coming up from the fight for the social areas and rising cyber areas of education; the function of id tasks in academic switch; and the paradoxes which come up from those strategies. The ensuing research bargains a rich--and sobering--perspective at the rush to technologize classrooms.

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Users could point-and-click on various parts of the map to call up information about the natural features, buildings, history, and demographics of the region. The educational uses of such a detailed database, as envisioned by the developers, would be many and varied. Students could explore local history, genealogy, economic development, and environmental change. ” The students were also expected to make important deposits by creating and maintaining the various databases. To a significant extent, this vision was realized during the early implementation of the system, as class projects were developed to regularly update the system’s databases.

The oft-cited metaphor of “mapping information” was to be taken literally within The Watershed system and its multi-layered database of economic, demographic, and environmental information. The database was hyperlinked to finely detailed digital maps of a given area (generated using the conventions of a Geographical Information System, or GIS). Users could point-and-click on various parts of the map to call up information about the natural features, buildings, history, and demographics of the region.

Our task then is to develop modes of research that reassert a focus on the cultural and personal, and on what we call the “personality of change” (Goodson 2001). In this way, we might come to understand more about the culture clashes that inevitably underpin technical change processes. Most importantly, we may come to understand the broader balance be- culture clash in computerized classroom ❒ 37 tween teachers’ personal missions and identity projects, and attempts at educational change, such as the introduction of computers.

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