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ERIC Number: EJ1083521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0007-8034
Reflecting on Teaching Experiences in the Lab: Challenges with Classroom Design
Cozza, Vanessa
CEA Forum, v39 n1 p88-97 Win-Spr 2010
In Cynthia Selfe's "Technology and Literacy: A Story about the Perils of Not Paying Attention," she advises that composition teachers "have to pay attention to technology." Similar to Brittany B. Cottrill's discussion of issues of access, this reflective piece pays attention to another issue concerning technology, specifically focusing on computer-equipped classroom designs. Not only has the author questioned the various ways that she uses technology in the classroom, such as blogs, wikis, and social networking sites, but she has also reflected on the advantages and disadvantages of computer-equipped classroom settings. Drawing heavily on Valerie Balester's "The Evolving Computer Classroom for English Studies," where she focuses on the effects of design on student learning, the author has realized how her previous lesson plans oftentimes became difficult to manage in certain computer classroom environments. In this article, she shares what she has learned based on her observations and teaching experience by first describing two computer-equipped classroom settings: University B (UB), a four-year, mid-size, rural, public university located in the Midwest, and University N (UN), a four-year, small-size, rural, private university located in the east. The author discusses how both UB's and UN's classroom designs can affect teaching philosophies and ideologies. Finally, she concludes by reflecting on how teachers can overcome the physical technological environment when design negatively affects their pedagogical goals and student learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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