Education Networks is a critical analysis of the emerging intersection among the global power elite, information and communication technology, and schools. Joel Spring documents and examines the economic and political interests and forces —including elite networks, the for-profit education industry, data managers, and professional educators — that are pushing the use of ICT for online instruction, test preparation and tutoring, data management, instructional software packages, and more , and looks closely at the impact this is having on schools, students, and learning.
Making a distinction between "mind" (as socially constructed) and "brain" (as a physiological entity), Spring draws on recent findings from comparative psychology on the possible effects of ICT on the social construction of the minds of students and school managers, and from neuroscience regarding its effect on students’ brains. Throughout, the influence of elite networks and powerful interest groups is linked to what is happening to children in classrooms. In conclusion Spring offers bold suggestions to change the course of the looming technological triumph of ICT in the "brave new world" of schooling.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Digital Mind, Superclass Networks and Education
Chapter 2 Shadow Elites, Global Networks, and the Education Industry
Chapter 3 Educational Policies and ICT: Superclass and Shadow Elites
Chapter 4 Educators Embrace Gaming and Online Instruction
Chapter 5 The Digital Minds and Brains of Students
Chapter 6 Political Education and Liberation Technology
Chapter 7 Schools of Tomorrow: The Effect of Technological Evolution
Joel Spring is Professor of Education, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His acclaimed work in Educational Policy Studies involves the application of history, sociology, economics, political science, and philosophy to the analysis of national and global school programs. He is the author of over twenty scholarly books and textbooks on these topics.