ERIC Number: ED366328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Technology Refusal and the Organizational Culture of Schools.
Analyses of the deployment of technology in schools usually note its lack of impact on the day-to-day values and practices of teachers, administrators, and students. This is generally construed as an implementation failure, or as resulting from a temperamental shortcoming on the part of teachers or technologists. It is predicated on the tacit assumption that the technology itself is value-free. This paper proposes that technology is never neutral: that its values and practices must always either support or subvert those of the organization into which it is placed; and that the failures of technology to alter the look-and-feel of schools more generally results from a mismatch between the values of school organization and those embedded within the contested technology. The paper is organized in five major sections addressing: (1) the culture of schools; (2) school workers; (3) the culture of technology; (4) the culture of refusal; and (5) cultural change. (Contains 31 references.) (Author/TMK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Horse Horse Lion Lion, Seattle, WA.