ERIC Number: ED450390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Literacy Technologies: What Stance Should We Take?
Bruce, Bertram C.
Technology is a word which seems unavoidable now in discussions of literacy theory and practice. The question of what form literacies will take in a century likely to be defined by a new technological environment has become a present issue for nearly everyone involved with literacy today. This paper contends that at the core of both the excitement and unease about technology are deeper issues about literacy and its relation to the physical world, the nature of knowledge, social change, linguistics, aesthetics, and morality. The paper first considers some basic questions that parents, teachers, administrators, researchers, and others might ask about the stance to take regarding technology. It then discusses reading and writing technology, featuring examples which focus on an array of new technologies (on the Internet) in university-level teaching, each of which suggests that the introduction of new technologies results in new literacy practices. The paper also discusses why people cannot stand apart from technology and muses about a transactional view in a sociotechnical account of literacy. It considers some implications for literacy research and practice in the claim that literacy is a sociotechnical practice. Finally, the paper concludes that to ask what stance should be taken toward technology presupposes a view of technology that is fundamentally limited--in fact, technologies do not oppose, replace, enhance, or otherwise stand apart from literacy, but rather, they are part and parcel of it. Contains 61 references. (NKA)
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Internet, Literacy, Technology Integration, Theory Practice Relationship, World Views
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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