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Teachers and Machines: The Classroom Use of Technology Since 1920


reviewed by Stephen T. Kerr 1987

coverTitle: Teachers and Machines: The Classroom Use of Technology Since 1920
Author(s): Larry Cuban
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080772792X, Pages: , Year: 1986
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Teachers and Machines is an intriguing and subtle book. At first glance the author, associate professor of educational administration at Stanford University, might be taken to have written about the use (or lack of it) of new technological modes of delivering instruction in American classrooms during the past sixty-plus years. In fact, while doing this, he also invites us to question larger and more significant assumptions—assumptions about whether teaching is an art or a science, about the feasibility of centrally administering change in teaching, and about the possibility and desirability of changing educational institutions over the short run. Cuban begins with a puzzled observation about the introduction of several new technologies (film, radio, television) into American schools since 1920: Why, given considerable popular interest, administrative enthusiasm, and significant amounts of capital investment, did these approaches gain only limited support from classroom teachers? From this general concern flow the three related questions... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 3, 1987, p. 457-460
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 626, Date Accessed: 7/21/2017 10:47:32 AM

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