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Beyond Technology's Promise : An Examination of Children's Educational Computing at Home - Joseph B. Giacquinta

Beyond Technology's Promise

An Examination of Children's Educational Computing at Home

Paperback Published: 23rd May 1994
ISBN: 9780521407847
Number Of Pages: 264

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As personal computers have become more available, there has been a great deal of optimism for educational reform through wide computer use, both at school and in the home. Beyond Technology's Promise takes a hard look at the home computer scene. The research reported in the book focuses on whether families are using computers to help children learn academic skills and, if so, how well they are doing it. The three year, qualitative investigation provides contextual information crucial to our understanding of how computers are really being used. The authors draw the not so surprising conclusion that most children use computers to play games. They therefore propose directions that must be taken in order to facilitate the educational use of home computers or any other promising educational technology. In so doing, they examine such topics as parental leadership, the home-school computer connection, and the role of gender in home computing use.

"[Giacquinta's] writing is eloquent, rich in anecdotes, rhetorical and persuasive." David Hawkridge, Nature "...takes a hard look at the home computer scene...the three-year, qualitative investigation provides contextual information crucial to our understanding of how computers are really being used..." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society "The authors of Beyond Technology's Promise have provided the field with important and foundational information regarding home computing that suggests that the purchase of a computer does not insure effective computer use." Margaret A. Gallego, Mind, Culture, and Activity

List of tables and figures
Preface
The promise
Studying the promise
The absence of children's academic computering at home
The availability of educational software
The importance of parental encouragement and assistance
The role of gender in home computer use
School use of computers
Children's preference for games
Refining a new technology as a social innovation
Viewing technology change as a social process
Re-examining the home-school computer connection
Where do we go from here?
Appendices
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521407847
ISBN-10: 0521407842
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 23rd May 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.38