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ERIC Number: EJ821678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Parenting in a Technological Age
Smedts, Geertrui
Ethics and Education, v3 n2 p121-134 Oct 2008
Technology is not just a tool but an amalgam of conceptual, institutional, and interactional issues that occupy the space of technical reason. In this space, parents' identity is becoming narrowed according to a limited conception in which the place of "caring" is in danger of being lost. Parents are increasingly required to adopt knowledge on parent"ing" instead of adapting it to their child's needs. By use of the Heideggerian idea of Enframing, I argue that educational experts and practitioners need to undo parent"ing" from this technological straitjacket. It needs to be recognised that (writing about) being a parent is about acknowledging that caring for your children is about questioning the borders of Enframing rather than accepting its boundaries uncritically. I argue that experts, in order to provoke parents "to care," ought to create space for ethical questions on how the Information and Communication Technology we once managed has come to manage us. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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