Information technology is here to stay. Its impact has already been far-reaching: in business, in communications, and in leisure activities it has been responsible for replacing human action by that of machines. As such it raised questions about freedom and the meaning of work and human activity which could no longer be ignored by those working in education. The educational response to information technology must ensure that human activities are enhanced rather than enslaved by computers.
Originally published in 1988 Breaking into the Curriculum provides one such response. A range of curricular structures and teacher roles are examined for their potential for preserving freedom in a future that was already being formed and informed by electronic systems. Drawing on case studies of pupils and teachers from throughout their school career, the authors of this collection sought to provoke discussion on the true ends of education and the kinds of strategies that would best realise those ends. Information technology, it is argued, is already shaping our thinking concerning the schooling of children. As such it can either create an electronically-controlled environment, or it can provide the stimulus for imaginative, playful, and creative thought and the development of ‘intelligence’ in its broadest sense. The choice is ours: the authors of this collection seek to inform that choice. Today it can be read in its historical context.
The Contributors. 1. Introduction 2. The Impact of the Computer on the Curriculum John F. Schostak 3. The Magic Box of Delights Jack Sanger 4. The Computer and the Punk John F. Schostak 5. The Impact of the Computer on the Role of the Teacher Jack Sanger and John F. Schostak 6. Skilful Neglect Beverley Labbett 7. The Jet Set Willy Curriculum John F. Schostak 8. Computers and the Social Climate of Classrooms Catherine Beattie 9. Secondary Schooling – the Sense of an Ending John F. Schostak 10. The Microcomputer and School-based Electronic Newspapers Beverley Labbett 11. Packaging Computer Knowledge: The Further Education Classroom Catherine Beattie 12. Programming Learners or ‘Algorithm, Who Could Ask for Anything More?’ Jack Sanger 13. Intelligence Communities John F. Schostak Endgames 14. Breaking into IT Beverley Labbett 15. The End of IT John F. Schostak. Name Index. Subject Index.
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