The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition
Edited By Greg S. Goodman
50. Toward a Psychology of Communication: Effects of Culture and Media in the Classroom
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Toward a Psychology of Communication
Effects of Culture and Media in the Classroom
Advances during the past twenty years have sparked a revolution in technology and communication systems. Today, communication is instantaneous as it travels in digital form via a wide variety of media. Communication has shifted from passive to active. No longer does the student sit passively in the classroom, eyes fixed on the teacher—center stage—the focus of attention.
Think about the changes in communication that have occurred: Twenty years ago telephones were only used for spoken communication, and television and film were our primary entertainment outlets. Advances in communication technology have changed the way we use technology and how we depend on it for most of our communication. We expect instant connections and expect that our interactions will garner immediate responses (think instant messaging). What this means for teachers is that we enter the classroom with the expectation that when we communicate with our students, we will be understood and they will give us the responses that we desire. To that end, most schools of education require prospective teachers to take courses on how to use communication technology in the classroom. The most recent trend is the use of cell phones to teach (Mickey, 2005). Yet, will the ability to download textbook readings to students’ cell phones, use a blazing PowerPoint presentation, design an interactive wiki or...
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