Educational Computing as a Social Practice

Edited by Michael W. Apple & Hank Bromley

Subjects: Science And Technology, Social Context Of Education, Education, Comparative Philosophy
Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Paperback : 9780791437988, 272 pages, July 1998
Hardcover : 9780791437971, 272 pages, July 1998

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Table of contents

List of Figures

Introduction: Data-Driven Democracy?
Social Assessment of Educational Computing
Hank Bromley

I. Discursive Practices: Who Speaks of Computing, and How?

1. The Mythic Machine: Gendered Irrationalities and Computer Culture
Zoë Sofia

2. The Everyday Aesthetics of Computer Education
Anthony P. Scott

3 Telling Tales Out of School: Modernist, Critical, and Postmodern "True Stories" About Educational Computing
Mary Bryson and Suzanne de Castell

4. Computer Advertising and the Construction of Gender
Matthew Weinstein

II. Classroom Practices: Pedagogy and Power in Action

5. "I Like Computers, but Many Girls Don't": Gender and the Sociocultural Context of Computing
Brad R. Huber and Janet Ward Schofield

6. "You Don't Have To Be A Teacher To Teach This Unit": Teaching, Technology, and Control in the Classroom
Michael W. Apple and Susan Jungck

III. Democratic Possibilities: When Does Technology Empower?

7. Control and Power in Educational Computing
Peter H. Kahn, Jr. and Batya Friedman

8. Using Computers to Connect Across Cultural Divides
Brigid A. Starkey

9. Learning to Exercise Power: Computers and Community Development
Antonia Stone



List of Contributors

Author Index

Subject Index

With a focus on educational computing, this book examines how technological practices align with or subvert existing forms of dominance. Examines the important question: Is the enormous financial investment school districts are making in computing tech


Is the enormous financial investment school districts are making in computing technology a good idea? With a focus on educational computing, Education/Technology/Power examines how technological practices align with or subvert existing forms of dominance.

Hank Bromley is Assistant Professor of Educational Organization, Administration, and Policy and Associate Director of the Center for Educational Resources and Technologies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of Lisp Lore: A Guide to Programming the Lisp Machine (second edition coauthored with Richard Lamson). Michael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has written numerous books, including The Curriculum: Problems, Politics, and Possibilities, Second Edition with Landon E. Beyer, published by SUNY Press; Ideology and Curriculum; and Official Knowledge.


"This book provides a powerful set of metaphors and linkages for thinking about technology in relation to education. It urges us to move beyond questions of instructional efficiency or the wonders of new technologies to consider the sociopolitical origins and implications of computing practices. " — Bertram Bruce, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

"A highly original collection of essays on computers in schools and educational settings, this book causes us to question the contemporary verities about computers and schools. The essays definitely bring perspectives not usually seen in discussions of computers in education. A refreshing critical perspective on a topic that receives little criticism. " — Philip Altbach, Boston College