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Changing Minds: Computers, Learning, and Literacy

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Publisher Comments:

Andrea diSessa's career as a scholar, technologist, and teacher has been driven by one important question: can education — in particular, science education — be transformed by the computer so that children can learn more, learn more easily at an earlier age, and learn with pleasure and commitment? This book is diSessa's informed and passionate affirmative answer to that question.While written at a level that anyone with a good acquaintance with high school science can understand, the book reflects the depth and breadth of the issues surrounding technology in education. Rejecting the simplistic notion that the computer is merely a tool for more efficient instruction, diSessa shows how computers can be the basis for a new literacy that will change how people think and learn. He discusses the learning theory that explains why computers can be such powerful catalysts for change in education, in particular, how intuitive knowledge is the platform on which students build scientific understanding. He also discusses the material and social reasons for the computer's potential and argues for "two-way literacies," where everyone is a creator as well as consumer of dynamic and interactive expressive forms. DiSessa gives many examples from his work using the Boxer computer environment, an integrated software system designed to investigate computational literacies.

Synopsis:

How computer technology can transform science education for children.

Synopsis:

Andrea diSessa's career as a scholar, technologist, and teacher has been driven by one important question: can education--in particular, science education--be transformed by the computer so that children can learn more, learn more easily at an earlier age, and learn with pleasure and commitment? This book is diSessa's informed and passionate affirmative answer to that question.

Synopsis:

Rejecting the simplistic notion that the computer is merely a tool for more efficient instruction, diSessa, a teacher and scholar, shows how computers can be the basis for a new literacy that will change how people think and learn. 37 illustrations.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-265) and index.

About the Author

Andrea diSessa is Chancellor's Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the National Academy of Education. He is the coauthor of Turtle Geometry: The Computer as a Medium for Exploring Mathematics (MIT Press, 1981).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262041805
Subtitle:
Computers, Learning, and Literacy
Author:
diSessa, Andrea A.
Author:
diSessa, Andrea
Publisher:
MIT
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Computers & Technology
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Learning, psychology of
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
Education-General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Changing Minds
Series Volume:
8868
Publication Date:
20000410
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
293
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Changing Minds: Computers, Learning, and Literacy
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"Synopsis" by , How computer technology can transform science education for children.
"Synopsis" by , Andrea diSessa's career as a scholar, technologist, and teacher has been driven by one important question: can education--in particular, science education--be transformed by the computer so that children can learn more, learn more easily at an earlier age, and learn with pleasure and commitment? This book is diSessa's informed and passionate affirmative answer to that question.
"Synopsis" by , Rejecting the simplistic notion that the computer is merely a tool for more efficient instruction, diSessa, a teacher and scholar, shows how computers can be the basis for a new literacy that will change how people think and learn. 37 illustrations.
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