Campus Units

Sociology

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Conference

2008 EdMedia Conference

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2008

Journal or Book Title

Proceedings of the Association of the Advancement of Computers in Education

First Page

1

Last Page

6

Conference Title

2008 EdMedia Conference

Conference Date

2008

City

Vienna, Austria

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between computerized higher education and democracy. Such reflection is especially relevant giyen the approaching 150th anniversary of public land-grant universities Lhat made higher education broadly available to those of modest means. We .firlit review rhe historic role land grant universities in American democracy and their aligrune.nt with John Dewey's influential writings about participative democracy. We oonsider how participative democracy is challenged by omnipresent information technology and the passive "society of spectacle" (De Bord 1967) that it creates. We examine how computers can reinforce or undermine student passivity. We demonstrate our own computer-enhanced inquiry into political represcntarion designed to force students outof a spectator role and encourage active inquiry and experimentation with participative democracy that is consistent with the landgrant ethos.

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This is a proceedings from Proceedings of the Association of the Advancement of Computers in Education (2008): 1. Copyright 2008 by AACE and the Education & Information Technology Digital Library (EdITLib), www.editlib.org, included here by permission.

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AACE and the Education & Information Technology Digital Library

Language

en

File Format

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