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Alternative Technologies as Textbooks and the Social Imperatives of Educational Change


by Stephen T. Kerr 1990

In this chapter I review the origins of ways of thinking about technologically enhanced alternative materials in American schooling. I then examine new alternatives that have recently become available (especially computers and related technologies), and the usefulness and capabilities of these materials as "textbooks." I conclude with a look at possible futures, and the likelihood of further incorporation of electronic text materials into classrooms of the twenty-first century, given probable continuities and changes in schools.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 89, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 91 Number 5, 1990, p. 194-221
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18910, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 2:05:09 AM

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  • Stephen Kerr
    University of Washington
    STEPHEN T. KERR is a Professor in the College of Education, University of Washington, where he heads the Program in Educational Communication and Technology. He is also an affiliate of the faculty in the Russian, Eastern Europe, and Central Asian Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
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