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Selwyn, Neil, author
Distrusting educational technology : critical questions for changing times / Neil Selwyn
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright New York Routledge, 2014
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 4th Floor  LB1028.3 .S38882 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Digital media
Educational technology
Information technology
Internet in education
Social media
Physical Description xii, 191 pages ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.Why Distrust Educational Technology? -- 2.Understanding Educational Technology as Ideology -- 3.Distrusting ̀Virtual' Technologies in Education -- 4.Distrusting Òpen' Technologies in Education -- 5.Distrusting ̀Games' Technologies in Education -- 6.Distrusting S̀ocial' Technologies in Education -- 7.Educational Technology: Continuities, Contradictions and Conflicts -- 8.Educational Technology: Is There an Alternative?
Summary Distrusting Educational Technology critically explores the optimistic consensus that has arisen around the use of digital technology in education. Drawing on a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives, this book shows how apparently neutral forms of educational technology have actually served to align educational provision and practices with neo-liberal values, thereby eroding the nature of education as a public good and moving it instead toward the individualistic tendencies of twenty-first century capitalism. Following a wide-ranging interrogation of the ideological dimensions of educational technology, this book examines in detail specific types of digital technology in use in education today, including virtual education, ‘open' courses, digital games, and social media. It then concludes with specific recommendations for fairer forms of educational technology. An ideal read for anyone interested in the fast-changing nature of contemporary education, Distrusting Educational Technology comprises an ambitious and much-needed critique. Show more Show less
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