This special issue calls for a greater awareness of computing as a critical area of study for those interested in educational studies. Its purpose is to open up a wider dialogue about computing and education than has previously existed in the field. The questions raised provide the basis for a lively discussion and analysis of the role of educational studies in interpreting the role of computing in our culture and educational system. This issue also provides a model for exploring other topics of similar significance and importance to the field in future issues of the journal.
Contents: E.F. Provenzo, Jr., Introduction. ARTICLES: E.F. Provenzo, Jr., Computing, Culture, and Educational Studies. R. Kurth-Schai, C.R. Green, Conversation, Compostition, and Courage: Re-envisioning Technologies for Education and Democracy. D.H. Wexler, Integrating Computer Technology: Blurring the Roles of Teachers, Students, and Experts. BOOK REVIEWS: L.L. Chiappone, Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace by Pierre Levy. K. Graziadei, Brave New Schools: Challenging Cultural Illiteracy Through Global Learning Networks by Jim Cummins and Dennis Sayers. L.L. Chiappone, Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet by Sherry Turkle. E.D. Cramer, Literacy Online: The Promise (and Peril) of Reading and Writing Computers by Myron C. Tuman. E.D. Cramer, The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age by Sven Birkets. L.C. Barza, Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation by Don Tapscott. A. Campbell, Points of Viewing Children's Thinking: A Digital Ethnographers Journey by Ricki Goldman-Segall. P. Marinaccio, The Children's Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer by Seymour Papert. E.E. Brown, Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext and the History of Writing by Jay David Bolter. M.C. Mits Cash, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman. L.C. Barza, The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap by Seymour Papert. K. Graziadei, Hyper/Text/Theory by George P. Landow, Ed. M.C. Mits Cash, The Cultural Dimensions of Educational Computing: Understanding the Non-Neutrality of Educational Computing by C.A. Bowers. A. Campbell, Computers as Theatre by Brenda Laurel.