The anti-democratic employment of school cyberspace. A pilgrimage into an Arab winter?

Hodkinson, Alan (2015) The anti-democratic employment of school cyberspace. A pilgrimage into an Arab winter? IARTEM- International Association for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media, 7 (2). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1837-2104 (In Press)

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Abstract

In this article I wish to bring critical attention to the manner in which the Internet and intranet are employed as pedagogical space in schools. Within this article I also articulate my struggle to understand and conduct research in this place of electronic communication. Informed by Nietzsche and some biblical scripture, I suggest that what we are finding in education is a church of the intranet that is worshiped as a shelter of safety for educational learning. However, my contention is that a lack of control of uploaded and downloaded digital media results in spaces which mirror extant societal prejudices and bigotry. To evidence my argument I present specific data from English schools' colonisation of cyberspace and suggest that in this terra nullius a new civilisation, constructed upon old world ideals, ‘conformed’ the construction of the disabled indigene.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: the Internet, disability, cyberspace
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2016 16:00
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/552

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