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The virtues and vices of technology in the classroom

Robbins, Scott (2013) The virtues and vices of technology in the classroom.

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Abstract:Technology is increasingly becoming an important part of the classroom experience for young students. Just how this will change childhood education is not yet properly understood. Such significant changes in an important part of human development demand ethical analysis and evaluation. Current methods of evaluation are dependent on standardized test scores which merely measure the ability to transfer information to children – a small part of what education should be about. After arguing for a broad interpretation of education (which includes moral character education) I argue for a virtue ethical analysis of technology used in the classroom. In this thesis, I outline a framework for understanding the relationship between virtues and technology, and use this to evaluate how technology affects the moral character education of children. Lastly, I outline recommendations for educators and technology developers regarding technology in the classroom.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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