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ERIC Number: ED410584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Ideological and Cultural Implications of the English Telecourse.
Accetta, Randy
Teaching via technology, whether using computers, the Internet, television, or video networks, is a growing field that is a Pandora's box of benefits and dangers. A one-way, non-interactive English telecourse combines televised lessons with textbooks and study guides but does not allow students to interrupt in real-time to interact with the teachers, relegating them to the more passive role of observing and responding to the transmitted information. The notion that higher education serves as a gatekeeper for businesses and professions, supervising access to jobs and graduate schools, calls into question the uses of telecourses that teach standard written English functioning as an ideological apparatus of the state, creating in its students consumers of state-authorized information. Among other concerns are: (1) the telecourse often does not provide students with the tools to adequately synthesize the information from the course in writing, nor the consistent group learning that sparks critical thinking; and (2) the telecourse creates a dangerous educational paradigm in which an honored television voice disseminates unchallenged information and graders are left judging the performance of solitary students they have never met. Given that distance education is only going to grow more popular and more complex, these issues and others like them must be addressed. (Contains 10 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A