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Schools and Schooling in the Digital Age: A Critical Analysis (Foundations and Futures of Education) by [Selwyn, Neil]
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"This book represents a key intervention in the debate and deserves not only to be widely read but also acted on."―British Journal of Education Technology

"Selwyn’s blend of political and sociological perspectives offers an antidote to the celebratory accounts of digital technology in schools. His incisive analyses of the structures and culture of schools―the "grammar of schooling"―that combine to make technology’s current and future influence on classroom practice "underwhelming" is spot on...Selwyn has produced a slim volume well worth the time of those bone-tired of the utopian/dystopian, techno-centrist genre yet curious, even passionate, about answers to significant policy-to-practice questions that this author asks and answers bravely and fully."― Larry Cuban, Educational Technology Journal

"This book provides an excellent overview of the social-cultural complexities surrounding technology use in school, whilst offering a convincing case for the need for constructive critical analysis of educational technology." - Andrew Hope, Educational Research and Evaluation

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Neil Selwyn is Senior Lecturer in the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

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  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (7 Oct. 2010)
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Neil Selwyn is a lecturer and researcher at the London Knowledge Lab, collaboration between the Institute of Education and Birkbeck University. He published numerous articles and book chapters on education and technology, often from a sociological background with a focus on primary and secondary education.

This book, as the subtitle states, is a critical analysis of the debates, expectations and reality of technology in schools. The analysis is structured in three parts. Starting with a detailed description of the expectations of digital technologies for education, followed by contrasting these expectations with the reality of schooling, and Selwyn (2011) completes by positioning educational technology realistically within the school.

During the first part of the book, Selwyn (2011) reviews and deconstruct several promises, hopes and expectations of digital technologies for schools. He shows that technologies are not brought into schools neutrally, but often presuppose, or are at least accompanied by expectations of progress, efficiency and improvement. Digital technologies are promoted to address a variety of issues and perceived deficits related to education, such as school efficiency, students' performance, and social inequality. The positive disposition of educational technology is visual in a variety of documents and commentaries, such as, reports that may or may not have a commercial background, academic research, governmental policy, reports and funding. And each of these key holders have their own hidden agendas and position the value of digital technologies, schools, students and teachers in their own way. Digital technologies are not always perceived as positive, and Selwyn (2011) shows that the discourse is often polarised, e.g. , opposite voices argue e.g.
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