How the Computer Went to School - Australian Government Policies for Computers in Schools, 1983-2013

How the Computer Went to School - Australian Government Policies for Computers in Schools, 1983-2013

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For more than 30 years, governments, as well as certain prominent individuals and organizations, have actively promoted computers as learning technologies. Enormous amounts of money and time have been spent promoting specific kinds of educational computing, and the policies by which these might be implemented. The view that computers can enhance student learning has gained broad acceptance. When schools promote the use in their classrooms of the latest computing technology - now tablets - they signal the technological sophistication and the academic success which computers, allied with learning, are assumed to bring. The association of computers with academic success, however, is neither a natural nor an inevitable phenomenon. The view that all school children will benefit equally from access to computers overlooks inequities associated with differing patterns of use. How the Computer Went to School gives an account of the origins and development of the computer industry in the United States, and shows how these influenced educational computing in both the US and Australia. The book explores government policy visions which prioritize the economic benefits of educational computing for a nation, and it asks questions about the proper role of the computer in education and in society more generally. (Series: Education)

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When a child sits down to work on a computer or tablet in school in Australia, they are likely unaware of the complicated history of promotion and policy that took place over thirty years in order for computers to become installed in the classroom. This book details this history and offers a critique on the underlying ideas that technological education are based on, namely that all children benefit equally from access to computers. The ways in which the computer industry in the United States affected Australia, the specific government policies that prioritized economic benefits in education, and the affect that computers have had on education and society as a whole are explored in this thoughtful history. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, International Specialized Book Services,, 2014
ISBN: 9781922235176
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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