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Watch It: The Risks and Promises of Information Technologies for Education


reviewed by Janet Ward Schofield — 2002

coverTitle: Watch It: The Risks and Promises of Information Technologies for Education
Author(s): Nicholas C. Burbules & Thomas A. Callister
Publisher: Westview Press, Boulder, CO
ISBN: 0813390826, Pages: 240, Year: 2000
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Watch It: The Risks and Promises of Information Technologies for Education differs from much of the available literature on computers in schools in a number of ways. First, it neither embraces a utopian vision of computers as likely to revolutionize schools and solve long-standing educational problems nor joins the smaller but nonetheless vocal chorus of those who see the rapid movement of computers into schools as a waste of resources or, even worse, as an active threat to important educational processes and values. Second, unlike much other work in this area, it pays little attention to the issue of whether and how the use of various kinds of computer applications changes student outcomes or pedagogical practices. Third, again unlike a plethora of recent books, it is not a "how to" manual for educators interested in improving their computer skills or in finding practical advice about topics such as how to best integrate the use of computers into their curriculum or which web sites are useful... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 154-156
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10729, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:53:10 PM

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  • Janet Schofield
    University of Pittsburgh
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    Professor Schofield’s research focuses on illuminating the ways in which technology use in schools both influences and is influenced by social and organizational processes. The author of Computers and Classroom Culture, she is currently completing a book, Bringing the Internet to School: Lessons from an Urban District, co-authored with Ann Davidson.
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