Brave New Classrooms: Democratic Education & the Internet

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Joe Lockard, Mark Pegrum
Peter Lang, 2007 - Education - 360 pages
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The early, halcyon days of e-learning are gone. Many who embraced personal computers and the Internet, and who devoted their work to creating new forms of electronic education, have grown dissatisfied with trends toward commodification and corporatization, a paucity of critical thought, poor quality distance learning, and the growing exploitation of teaching labor. Online learning’s inherent democratic potential seems increasingly a chimera. Brave New Classrooms explores whether and to what extent its original promise can be recovered. It includes sixteen essays from educational practitioners, including some of the best-known theorists of Internet-based education.
 

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Contents

The Political Economy of the New Discourse
35
Points of Resistance
55
Postcolonialism and the Internet
75
Who Is the Egeneration and How Are They Faring
125
Do Students Lose More than They Gain in Online Writing Classes?
141
Searching for an Education
153
Why Google Is Not Enough
169
Pedagogies of Resistance
189
Teaching History in the Digital
213
The Technical Codes of Online Education
225
Embodiment and CyberTexts
251
The Question of Education in Technological Society
271
Manifesto for Democratic Education and the Internet
285
Fist of Contributors
339
Index
347
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The Editors: Joe Lockard is Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Berkeley. He has published numerous articles on Internet culture, nineteenth-century American literature, and US cultural studies.
Mark Pegrum is Lecturer in TESOL at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia, where he received his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Arts. He has published in the areas of e-learning, intercultural competence, and World Englishes.

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