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ERIC Number: EJ989216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1303-6521
Neoliberal Mechanisation of Education
Sancar, Can; Sancar, Mine
Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology - TOJET, v11 n3 p246-254 Jul 2012
This paper aims at examining how neoliberalism actually functions in universities and whether human instruction can actually be replaced by computerized instruction. The study reported in this paper is a qualitative study since it takes reality as a subjective human experience happening in a social context, and in historical time. It mainly employs methods of qualitative research to uncover what academicians think and feel about neoliberal approaches to education and computerized teaching and distance education. The academicians involved in the study are mainly faculty members from Faculties of Arts and Sciences in North Cyprus. Arguments put forward by academicians participating in this study has shown that instruction in virtual environments hinders the reproductive nature of passing on and taking in information/knowledge, the emotive and intellectual exchange between the instructor and the student, does away with the instrumental elements of education such as humanly contact, expression of feelings through eye contact, gestures and mimics, and joking while learning in a delightful environment based on sharing. Learning in a virtual environment is being in contact with someone that one does not see and come to know as a person leading to indifference, which in turn will create individuality. Indifference may kill motivation of participating and sharing with others in a society. Information and communication technologies (ICT) which are said to be connecting the world are actually separating and disconnecting people from each other and from their environment. There is enormous research and study to conceptualize and understand social interactions and constructs within a classroom and their consequences on students' self-concept, self-esteem, and social relationships. However, there has been little work concerning the individual, social, attitudinal and cognitive results of online instruction serving neoliberal aims and objectives. This means that (a long) time is an important element to be able to see how the packaged instructional programs and online education in general will affect the society as a whole in the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus