ERIC Number: ED393418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Schools and Technology in a Democratic Society: Equity and Social Justice.
This paper addresses questions concerning the role of education and technology in a fair and equitable global political and economic system. The education and information professions have worked to design effective learning environments and produce various formats for the delivery of instructional materials. These presentational formats have tried to offer a believable reconstructed reality, but very seldom has anyone debated the consequences of that reconstructed reality on individual lives. Technology can actually be used in several ways to further that inquiry. It can serve as a medium for discourse, as a way to access new information and new ways of thinking about information, and even, through virtual reality, as a simulator of experience. All curriculum materials, delivery systems, and learning environments not only generate content but also refer to ways of thinking and knowing. It would seem that some answers to problems of educational equity could be gained from critical theory and the accompanying recognition of educational technology itself as a social construction. (Contains 13 references.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Technology Role
Note: In: Verbo-Visual Literacy: Understanding and Applying New Educational Communication Media Technologies. Selected Readings from the Symposium of the International Visual Literacy Association (Delphi, Greece, June 25-29, 1993); see IR 017 742.