Humanizing the use of technology in education: A re-examination

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Abstract

Educators are currently attempting to integrate computers into the classroom, in order to humanize their use. The strategies that have been adopted, however, are primarily logistical and ignore the philosophy that underpins this technology. It is argued in this paper that educational technology will not be humanized until it is understood to be sustained by a philosophy other than technological rationality, and thus is provided with a human base. The 'life-world' (Lebenswelt) is identified as a proper foundation for technology, because technological rationality is illustrated to be a modality of human expression. When this is the case, technology is placed in the service of humankind, for it cannot be conceived as the genesis of personal freedom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Review of Education
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

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