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Electronic Literacies: Language, Culture, and Power in Online Education


reviewed by Michael L. Kamil 2002

coverTitle: Electronic Literacies: Language, Culture, and Power in Online Education
Author(s): Mark Warschauer
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805831193, Pages: , Year: 2000
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In Electronic Literacies, Mark Warschauer presents four case studies of educational settings where electronic means of communicating were implemented. These include two ESL classes, a Hawaiian language class, and an English composition class. The social, linguistic and cultural aspects of the environments, electronic communication, and learning are presented. Compared to the national attention focussed on the role of computer technology in schools and education, there is only a very small body of research on the effects of computer technology on literacy. Kamil and Intrator (1998) have shown that the rates of publication of such research have remained low, and relatively constant, over more than a decade from 1985 to 1996. Kamil, Intrator and Kim (2000) reaffirm the state of affairs. Because of the small quantity of published research, Electronic Literacies is a welcome addition to the literature on the effects of computer technologies on literacy, culture, and language. It is particularly interesting to view this work as a "bookend" to Sherry Turkle's volumes on the psychological aspects of online communication.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 147-166
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10659, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 5:41:19 AM

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