- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: Teachers College Press; 60355th edition (January 1, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080772792X
- ISBN-13: 978-0807727928
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teachers and Machines: The Classroom Use of Technology Since 1920 60355th Edition
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More About the Author
Recent research projects have been a study of school reform in Austin (TX) 1954-2009, a large comprehensive high school in Mapleton (CO) being converted into several small ones between 2001-2009, and how structural change in U.S. schools over the past century have had little effect in altering how teachers teach. The Austin book was As Good As It Gets (2010. The Mapleton study written with Gary Lichtenstein, Arthur Evenchik, Martin Tombari, and Kristen Pozzoboni was Against the Odds (2010), and the book on structural change and teaching is Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education (2013).
I currently blog at:http://larrycuban.wordpress.com
Top Customer Reviews
I'm not sure his dire 1986 predictions are valid now, with the saturation of classrooms and tool-orientation that the modern computer offers. However, his book is essential reading if you want to think carefully before adopting technology in a school system. Learn from history, don't repeat it!
Overall, I recommend this book. It is well-written, easy-to-read, and makes an important contribution to the literature on the history of educational technology. I believe that this book provides a lot of value in giving us an accurate history of the use of technology in the classroom and reinforces for the readers how many of these trends--especially trends related to the barriers of education technology practice--continue to be relevant today. In this way, Cuban provides a valuable overview of where we have come from and gives us insight into what needs to change to achieve the highest level of educational opportunities for students as possible. Finally, from a historical standpoint, Cuban's book provides an interesting perspective of the hesitancy early in the computer age to embrace it and to realize it's true potential.
Even though this book was written over twenty years ago the trends that are discussed and the problems dealing with the relationships between policy makers and educators still ring true today. Cuban is able to organize the evolution of technology and policy in a way that relates to the modern implementation of technology in the classroom. It discusses the evolution of developmental theory and its application to the implementation of technology in the classroom in dealing with the effectiveness of technology to engage, interest, and develop students' knowledge and skills. Policy makers, administrators, and teachers can gain a better understanding of how the past has influenced current policy on technology in the classroom from reading this book. This book is a quick and seemingly easy read that will provide the reader with insight into how technology has been used, or not used, in the classroom over the past century and can possibly help to ensure that we do not continue to repeat the same mistakes that in our future implementation of policy as it deals with the use of technology in the classroom.
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Should computers be used in classrooms? This seemingly anachronistic question is central to the Larry Cuban’s probe into how any technology has been implemented throughout the... Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by New in KC