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ERIC Number: EJ874315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0816-9020
Twenty Years of Australian Educational Computing: A Call for Modern Traditionalism
McDougall, Anne
Australian Educational Computing, v20 n1 p11-13 Jun 2005
This article reflects on twenty or more years of development and research in educational computing. It argues that the emphasis on exploiting the technology in the service of contemporary ideas about learning held by many of the early workers has been lost to a focus on the technology itself and its capabilities. In schools this has led to an artificially "vocational" emphasis on the learning of skills in using applications designed not for learning but for use in business and industry. Using the term "modern traditionalism" (Robertson 2003), the article advocates the use of information and communications technologies in education for the enhancement of students' broader learning, and draws attention to the need to re-visit and build on some of the earlier work to avoid re-inventing ineffective wheels and to benefit from the valuable pioneering work in the relatively short history of our discipline.
Australian Council for Computers in Education. P.O. Box 1255, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia. Tel: +61-3-9349-3733; Fax: +61-3-9349-5356; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom; United States