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Welcome to Cyberschool: Education at the Crossroads in the Information Age


reviewed by Cynthia Carter Ching — 2003

coverTitle: Welcome to Cyberschool: Education at the Crossroads in the Information Age
Author(s): David Trend
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742515648, Pages: 157, Year: 2001
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David Trend cuts a wide swath through the information age in Welcome to Cyberschool.  The author deals with both recent developments and historical contexts in technological optimism, educational pessimism, encroaching multi-national corporations, the world-wide digital divide, and failed democratic ideals.  For those readers seeking a socio-political context in which to place educational technology concerns—specifically, a skilled analysis of modern culture as it pertains to the Internet and other technological innovations—this book has much to offer.  On the other hand, readers who are looking for an in-depth discussion of the often double-edged relationship between technology and schools, as would seem to be promised by the book’s title, will find that Welcome to Cyberschool doesn’t quite deliver.  In the first two chapters, “Politics, Technology, and Schools” and “Utopian Promise and the Digital Divide,” Trend lays out the issues which will prove to be recurring themes throughout the rest of the book:  K-12 schools of the future, the digital university, knowledge and power, the digital divide, cyberculture, and cyberdemocracy.  His agenda is two-fold.  First,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1394-1397
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11079, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 5:55:06 AM

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  • Cynthia Ching
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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    CYNTHIA CARTER CHING is Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on technology as situated in pedagogical beliefs and practices, in classroom cultures, in human development, and in individuals' lives and identities.
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