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Pale Screens: Teachers and Electronic Texts

by Stephen T. Kerr - 1989

My intent here is to probe the differences between electronic and traditional printed texts, to examine the ways teachers have and have not used those electronic forms in their classroom work, and finally to consider the implications of patterns of use and to suggest some directions for research and thought about the role of electronic text in classrooms that might be explored further. A note of caution is in order here, as well: I will use the term "electronic texts" quite broadly (more so than is usually the case by those who write of such things) to include not only the presentation of textual materials via computer (although those will be important parts of the analysis here), but also certain other means of presenting nonverbal information—film, video, and so on. I hope that by so doing, it will be possible to consider common features and problems in use that have sometimes been ignored by those who have focused on one approach alone.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 88, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 5, 1989, p. 202-223
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18935, Date Accessed: 9/19/2021 12:48:25 PM

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  • Stephen Kerr
    University of Washington
    STEPHEN KERR is a Professor of Education and Chair of the Area of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington.
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