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Changing Minds : Computers, Learning, and Literacy - Andrea A. DiSessa

Changing Minds

Computers, Learning, and Literacy

Paperback Published: 24th August 2001
ISBN: 9780262541329
Number Of Pages: 293
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Andrea diSessa's career as a scholar, technologist, and teacher has been driven by one important question: can education--in particular, science education--be transformed by the computer so that children can learn more, learn more easily at an earlier age, and learn with pleasure and commitment? This book is diSessa1s informed and passionate affirmative answer to that question. While written at a level that anyone with a good acquaintance with high school science can understand, the book reflects the depth and breadth of the issues surrounding technology in education. Rejecting the simplistic notion that the computer is merely a tool for more efficient instruction, diSessa shows how computers can be the basis for a new literacy that will change how people think and learn. He discusses the learning theory that explains why computers can be such powerful catalysts for change in education, in particular, how intuitive knowledge is the platform on which students build scientific understanding. He also discusses the material and social reasons for the computer's potential and argues for "two-way literacies," where everyone is a creator as well as consumer of dynamic and interactive expressive forms. DiSessa gives many examples from his work using the Boxer computer environment, an integrated software system designed to investigate computational literacies.

"Undoubtedly, the work that diSessa has described in this book provides some powerful visions of what the future might hold in terms of the way in which computational literacy might unfold." - Philip Barker, Educational Technology Review

ISBN: 9780262541329
ISBN-10: 0262541327
Series: Changing Minds
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 293
Published: 24th August 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.44