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ERIC Number: EJ1069658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
E-Learning Pedagogy in the Primary School Classroom: The McDonaldization of Education
Etherington, Matthew
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v33 n5 Article 3 Oct 2008
This paper begins as an initial rejoinder to the ideas expressed by Ross (2000) in The Promise and Perils of E-Learning: A critical look at the new technology. In his article, Ross supports the traditional practices of pedagogy at the primary school level--face-to-face pedagogy--and then critiques what he describes as a "fetishisation" of technological pedagogy--a fetishisation seen in the increase of E-learning pedagogy at the primary school level. The ideas expressed in this article gain their structure and momentum from Ross's (2000) arguments against E-learning and extends a more cautious approach to the widespread belief in the success of E-learning pedagogy. The main thesis is that E-learning spawns numerous problems for primary students--namely a homogenisation and dehumanisation. This ultimately leads to what Ritzer (2000) calls a "McDonaldisation of education".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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