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Technology, Education, and At-Risk Students


by Richard P. Durán — 2002

This chapter explores the issues underlying technology in the education of at-risk students. First it examines facts that have emerged from large scale surveys of students’ access to computers in home and school settings as related to low income status and ethnic/racial background. Then it examines some of the survey data on schools’ use of computers and research on achievement related to technology. The next section of the chapter discusses directions for research that might help illuminate the role of technology in the learning of at-risk youth, focusing on “situated case studies” of authentic instructional practices that carefully examine how technology is related to the unique cultural and social circumstances of learning settings. Particular attention is devoted to those instructional practices that build on students’ background knowledge and motivation to communicate and learn in after-school as well as classroom settings.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol. 101, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 10, 2002, p. 210-230
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18651, Date Accessed: 5/29/2017 11:09:03 AM

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  • Richard Durán
    University of California at Santa Barbara
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    RICHARD P. DURÁN is a Professor in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California at Santa Barbara.
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