Distrusting Educational Techlogy critically explores the optimistic consensus that has arisen around the use of digital techlogy in education. Drawing on a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives, this book shows how apparently neutral forms of educational techlogy have actually served to align educational provision and practices with neo-liberal values, thereby eroding the nature of education as a public good and moving it instead toward the individualistic tendencies of twenty-first century capitalism. Following a wide-ranging interrogation of the ideological dimensions of educational techlogy, this book examines in detail specific types of digital techlogy in use in education today, including virtual education, 'open' courses, digital games, and social media. It then concludes with specific recommendations for fairer forms of educational techlogy. An ideal read for anyone interested in the fast-changing nature of contemporary education, Distrusting Educational Techlogy comprises an ambitious and much-needed critique.
Neil Selwyn is Professor of Education at Monash University, Australia.