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Shift to the Future: Rethinking Learning with New Technologies in Education


reviewed by Richard E. West August 14, 2007

coverTitle: Shift to the Future: Rethinking Learning with New Technologies in Education
Author(s): Nicola Yelland
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, London
ISBN: 0415953197, Pages: 200, Year: 2007
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In education, it is popular to espouse a theory of the “new learning” or to claim that societies have changed and schools have not. Perhaps because this has been done before, parents, teachers, and administrators may feel that educational researchers are just “crying wolf” when claiming that something new and important has changed in the ways people are learning or working. However, there can be little doubt that society has indeed made an important shift with the explosion of the Information Age. Banahan & Playfoot (2004) believe that with the abundance of information available at our fingertips, our society has shifted to become a “creative economy” that rewards creativity and innovation, more than industriousness and that "intellectual productivity is the new currency" (p. 128). As evidence, they cite that between 1996 and 2001 the number of patent applications increased by 68.3%. Charles Reigeluth (1994) has also argued that since the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 14, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14579, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 1:49:37 PM

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  • Richard West
    University of Georgia
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    RICARD WEST is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology Department at the University of Georgia. His research has focused on the integration of community-building technologies into formal and informal learning environments, and the evaluation of educational settings. He has taught classes in instructional design, program evaluation, and technology integration. His research and teaching is described in more detail at http://the-wests.net/rick.
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