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Beyond Technology's Promise
An Examination of Children's Educational Computing at Home

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  • Date Published: January 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521404471

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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 a 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.

    • The result of a three year, qualitative investigation of 70 families
    • Covers topics including parental leadership, the home-school computer connection, and the role of gender in home computing use
    • Proposes changes for better use of home computers in education
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521404471
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and figures
    1. The promise
    2. Studying the promise
    3. The absence of children's academic computering at home
    4. The availability of educational software
    5. The importance of parental encouragement and assistance
    6. The role of gender in home computer use
    7. School use of computers
    8. Children's preference for games
    9. Refining a new technology as a social innovation
    10. Viewing technology change as a social process
    11. Re-examining the home-school computer connection
    12. Where do we go from here?

  • Authors

    Joseph B. Giacquinta, New York University

    Jo Anne Bauer

    Jane E. Levin

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