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ERIC Number: EJ1080189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0311-2543
Educational Compuphilia: The New Assault on Mental Health in Schools
Laura, Ron; Chapman, Amy
Education Research and Perspectives, v34 n2 p80-90 2007
If there is a salient defining condition of the modern age, it must surely be our tenacious belief in technology. Here it is argued that our insatiable infatuation with the computer or what is termed "compuphilia", represents a serious and growing threat to the mental health of school children. Computers may make communication easier, but they also ensure it is less intimate and more detached. A considerable literature is now accumulating to show that there is a direct relationship between the depth of the bonds which students form with teachers, their level of connectedness, and their mental well being, which in turn determinately affects educational outcomes. In this paper it is argued that the more virtual the classroom becomes, the more disconnected students become.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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