ERIC Number: ED444173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Ways with Windows--What Different People Do with the Same Equipment.
Knobel, Michele; Lankshear, Colin
The clamor to integrate computer-based technologies into curriculum generally, and language and literacy education specifically, is a hallmark of current education policy in many countries. A perceived need for education to keep pace and in "sync" with labor market needs is obviously an important part of the story. Technology and progress have become indissolubly linked in the minds of many parents, students, educators, and policymakers. Expressions of pressure to equip classrooms and the need for teacher professional development to enable them to use the technologies are encountered on an everyday basis in Australia. This paper addresses three main questions: What kinds of differences can be found in different peoples'"ways" with similar computing hardware and software as they pursue social and cultural purposes in a range of settings? Can these differences usefully inform education policy and practice? and Do they have significant implications for language and literacy education specifically? The paper uses four "snapshots" drawn from larger case studies of computer-mediated practices in different sites; one draws on a year 5 classroom in a country town, while the second and third snapshots depict contrasting ways of producing computer-generated slide show presentations, and the final snapshot focuses on some characteristic ways a group of students from an inner city state school were participating in activities at a nearby community and youth space. It concludes that whatever else is done pedagogically with the new technologies, the aim should be to integrate them into informed practices of critical social literacy. (Contains 29 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Language Arts, Literacy, Technology Integration
For full text: http://www.schools.ash.org.au/litweb/ways.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia