Education Networks

Power, Wealth, Cyberspace, and the Digital Mind

By Joel Spring

© 2012 – Routledge

198 pages

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About the Book

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


About the Author

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.

About the Series

Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education

This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of

Local, state, national, and international educational systems

Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations

Computer systems and software as instruments of public education

The popular media as forms of public education

Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning