ERIC Number: ED432756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Countering Deterministic Tools: A Critical Theory Approach to Computers & Composition.
Kimme Hea, Amy C.
A writing instructor has grappled with how both to integrate and to complicate critical perspectives on technology in the writing classroom. In collaboration with another instructor, a computer classroom pedagogy was constructed emphasizing imperatives of cultural studies practice as outlined by James Berlin. The pedagogy is similar to Berlin's emphasis in its relationship to media and technological issues addressing both public and private space. The instructors assign the class to read and review a map concerning world-wide web connection regulations and to be prepared to discuss the map in relationship to cultural issues. These discussions prompted a student complaint that "technology did complicate our lives and that it was making us all lazy thinkers." The class focused intently on how technologies relate to cultural issues. Instructors realized that a personal engagement with the students was necessary in order to draw out their experiences with technology. Critiquing teachers' and students' narratives and metaphors of technology is a beginning point in a fluid, non-neutral process of engaging students in an effort to deconstruct oppressive power relations. Multiple mappings, shifting meanings, institutional pressures and ever-present risks are all parts of the electronic writing classroom. Contains 23 references. (SC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (50th, Atlanta, GA, March 24-27, 1999).