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Computers and Classroom Culture


reviewed by Benjamin Bell — 1996

coverTitle: Computers and Classroom Culture
Author(s): Janet Ward Schofield
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 052147924X, Pages: 271, Year: 1995
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Janet Ward Schofield has painted a vivid picture of the realities accompanying the use of computers in the everyday life of the classroom. In Computers and Classroom Culture, she describes in detail a number of school settings in which computers, teachers, and students interact in ways that advocates of computer-supported learning seldom anticipate. The author introduces her research by summarizing some startling statistics—for example, between 1981 and 1987, the number of schools possessing at least one machine for instruction jumped from 18 percent to 95 percent; the number of computers per school increased tenfold from 1981 to 1985 and is still increasing at about 10 percent per year. Nonetheless, computers have failed to transform education to the extent projected by educational technologists. Problems associated with lack of teacher training, and with the difficulties faced by administrators in selecting appropriate hardware and software, contribute to the typically ad hoc process by which... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 2, 1996, p. 346-352
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9640, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 9:42:52 PM

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