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ERIC Number: ED252826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Reading and Technology: Tangibles and Intangibles.
Gerhard, Christian
Several aspects of the relationship between reading and technology are presented that have special relevance to those individuals who feel responsible for aspects of contemporary education. Five main points are covered: (1) technological innovations as they affect reading are essentially extensions of the sensory and kinesthetic abilities of human beings; (2) reading during any historic period reflects a society's goals and values and therefore a particular use of language; (3) formal education is an important part of the political and economic structure of a society, giving access to power, and affected by technological change--the teaching of reading is at the heart of any formal education; (4) those who teach reading need a broad general education in order to understand the goals and values of their society, the technological changes that are taking place leading to changes in ways of thinking, the role of language in the larger culture and its subcultures, and the previous experience to which students have been exposed; and (5) teachers have a different set of experiences from their students (largely because of technological changes taking place from one generation to the next), yet teachers need to be flexible enough to understand their students' needs, aspirations, and world views. (DRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the United Kingdom Reading Association (21st, Dundee, Scotland, July 23-27, 1984).