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Brave New Classrooms

Democratic Education and the Internet


Joe Lockard and Mark Pegrum

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.
Contents: Joe Lockard/Mark Pegrum: From Counterdiscourses to Counterpedagogies: An Introduction – Mark Pegrum: Socrates and Plato Meet Neoliberalism in the Virtual Agora: Online Dialog and the Development of Oppositional Pedagogies – Mary Low O’Sullivan/Tom Palaskas: The Political Economy of the «New» Discourse of Higher Education – Robin Goodfellow: From «Equal Access» to «Widening Participation»: The Discourse of Equity in the Age of E-learning – Martha Henn McCormick: Webmastered: Postcolonialism and the Internet – Marjorie D. Kibby: Hybrid Teaching and Learning: Pedagogy versus Pragmatism – Robert Samuels: The New Literacy Agenda for Higher Education: Composition, Computers, and Academic Labor at US Research Universities – Kerri-Lee Krause: Who Is the E-generation and How Are They Faring in Higher Education? – Kate Kiefer: Do Students Lose More than They Gain in Online Writing Classes? – Tara Brabazon: Won’t Get Googled Again: Searching for an Education – Bettina Fabos: Learning through Critical Literacy: Why Google Is Not Enough – Charles Ess: Liberal Arts and Distance Education: Can Socratic Virtue (άρετυ) and Confucius’ Exemplary Person (junzi) Be Taught Online? – T. Mills Kelly: Tomorrow’s Yesterdays: Teaching History in the Digital Age – Edward Hamilton/Andrew Feenberg: The Technical Codes of Online Education – Tina S. Kazan: Braving the Body: Embodiment and (Cyber-)Texts – Darin Barney: The Question of Education in Technological Society – Joe Lockard: Manifesto for Democratic Education and the Internet.