Lecture by Mark Warschauer, February 2, 2007

Learning, Change, and Power: Competing Frames of Technology and Literacy

by Mark Warschauer, Department of Education, University of California, Irvine

Three main frameworks shape how we think about digital technologies and literacy. The frame of learning attends to how use of new technologies affects the development of reading, writing, and academic literacy. The frame of change focuses on how new forms of communication are transforming our notions and practices of literacy. The frame of power examines how mastery of digital interfaces enables individuals and communities to achieve their social and economic ends. In this presentation, Dr. Warschauer analyzes the empirical bases of these three discourses and considers how the underlying perspectives interrelate. Drawing on evidence from international data sets and case studies in developed and developing countries, he argues that too narrow a focus on one or two elements of this triad hinders efforts at educational improvements and social inclusion.

Friday, February 2, 2007
3:00-5:00 p.m., B-4 Dwinelle Hall