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Enquiries at the Interface: Philosophical Problems of On-Line Education

Paul Standish (Editor), Nigel Blake (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22310-8
248 pages
August 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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The growing use of the internet in education and its enormous potential for the future raise important philosophical questions about, for instance, teaching and learning, equality and access, the structure of digitised knowledge or the social role of education. Much depends upon how, and against what background assumptions, these new technologies are used. This volume critically explores key philosophical issues in the rise of technology in education, including assumptions about the inevitability of radical change, the virtues of networking, and the need for adaptability in learning and employment. It also looks at the growing practices of Distance Education and Open Learning as well as on-site uses of the internet, examining the social and cultural dimensions to assess the genuine benefits for education.

While resisting easy utopianism, this volume is in no sense pessimistic. On the contrary, it highlights the genuine potential of new technology to transform education, and its critical importance in global and political terms.

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Table of Contents


Introduction. (Nigel Blake and Paul Standish).

1. Information, Knowledge and Learning: Some Issues Facing Epistemology and Education in a Digital Age. (Colin Lankshear, Michele Knobel, and Michael Peters).

2. Promises of Access and Inclusion: On-Line Education in Africa. (Anthony Lelliott, Shirley Pendlebury and Penny Enslin).

3. Media Philosophy. (Mike Sandbothe and Friedrich Schiller).

4. The Educational Significance of the Interface. (Steve Bramall).

5. Writing Feminist Webzines and the Confusion of Identity. ( Barbara Duncan).

6. Conjuring with Notions of Place. (Jane Mackie).

7. Credibility of the Web: Why we Need Dialectical Reading. (Bertram Bruce).

8. Electronic Writing and the Wrapping of Language. (Jim Marshall).

9. Learning Places: Building Dwelling Thinking On-Line. (David Kolb).

10. Fetish for Effect. (Paul Standish).

11. Electronic Texts are Computations are Electronic Text. (Herbert Hrachovec).

12. Tutors and Students without Faces or Places. (Nigel Blake).


Notes on Contributors.



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