EDCP 571

In this Winter 2020 section, the theme is History of Media & Technology (M&T) in and through Education. We will balance problems and questions of how M&T were produced and used in education over time with those of how and what children and youth learn about M&T over time. The commonalties across these questions and problems is history and M&T. Hence, the first emphasis is on developing your historical knowledge of M&T. The second is on developing your interests and competence in historical analysis and history education. We address common issues in the history of educational media (EM) and educational technology (ET) (or instructional, iM&T), including changes over time. Some historians argue that M&T have been an imposition on humanistic curriculum practices; others describe M&T as the principle means of progress in administration, learning, and teaching. Some lament the separation of curriculum from instruction via M&T, and subsequent displacement of instructional labour by capital; others champion the creativity and intellectual productivity that M&T seemingly nourish. This course is designed from a basis that educational M&T are not merely tools; educational premises are neither fully durable nor pliable; and actors or agents of education are not merely humans.

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