Brave New Classrooms: Democratic Education & the Internet

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Steve Jones, Joe Lockard, Mark Pegrum
Peter Lang, 2007 - Education - 360 pages
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The early, halcyon days of e-learning are gone. Many who embraced personal computers and the Internet, and who devoted their work to creating new forms of electronic education, have grown dissatisfied with trends toward commodification and corporatization, a paucity of critical thought, poor quality distance learning, and the growing exploitation of teaching labor. Online learning's inherent democratic potential seems increasingly a chimera. Brave New Classrooms explores whether and to what extent its original promise can be recovered. It includes sixteen essays from educational practitioners, including some of the best-known theorists of Internet-based education.

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The Political Economy of the New Discourse
Points of Resistance
Postcolonialism and the Internet
Who Is the Egeneration and How Are They Faring
Do Students Lose More than They Gain in Online Writing Classes?
Why Google Is Not Enough
Pedagogies of Resistance
Teaching History in the Digital
Embodiment and CyberTexts
The Question of Education in Technological Society
Manifesto for Democratic Education and the Internet
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The Editors: Joe Lockard is Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Berkeley. He has published numerous articles on Internet culture, nineteenth-century American literature, and US cultural studies.
Mark Pegrum is Lecturer in TESOL at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia, where he received his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Arts. He has published in the areas of e-learning, intercultural competence, and World Englishes.

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