Week 2 readings and notes

By now you have probably worked your way through the three pieces by Becker. Becker is an interesting figure in the history of computer use in education. He has authored a number major reports in the US and the papers were chosen because you can mine them for the logics and thinking around computer use that could be mapped over that 20 year period.

These readings are intended as background. So if your are interested in ESL or Chemistry you will find that the issues raised by Becker will appear in many of the papers you locate for your particular interests. Simply thinking about a narrow focus, your focus without any awareness of bigger picture analysis is a bit like trying to make an apple pie and only paying attention to cooking the apple.

Even though the focus of these papers is on schools, there are commonalities with all formal education settings.

These reflections on the readings are not intended to be the right answers or correct way to read each text. They reflect as much about me as they do the author. I have chosen an American lens to look at these issues so that if any want to examine the Australian scene it will have been largely not commented upon. There are similarities between the two countries but also important differences.

I've put my thoughts about each of the pieces on separate pages: Becker (1984). Becker (2000a) and Becker (2000b)

Becker, Henry Jay (1984). Computers in Schools Today: Some Basic Considerations. American Journal of Education, 93(1), 22-39.
Becker, Henry Jay. (2000a). Who's Wired and Who's Not: Children's Access to and Use of Computer Technology. The Future of Children, 10(2), 44-75. Access to the journal via the library. The whole issue is worth a look.
Becker, Henry Jay. (2000b). Findings from the Teaching, Learning, and Computing Survey: Is Larry Cuban Right? Education Policy Analysis Archives, 8, np. Available from http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/442