Reflections on the history of computers in education: Early use of computers and teaching about computing in schools

Tatnall, A and Davey, W 2014, Reflections on the history of computers in education: Early use of computers and teaching about computing in schools, Springer, Germany.


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Title Reflections on the history of computers in education: Early use of computers and teaching about computing in schools
Author(s) Tatnall, A
Davey, W
Year 2014
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Germany
Subjects History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science)
Summary Many people consider history to be about things that happened a long time ago: that it is about wars, kings, politics, nations, and such like. One could then ask why a study of the history of computers in education is important when it is a comparatively recent phenomenon beginning only in the 1970s. This book deals with personal reflections on the history of computers in school education, rather than providing listings of names, dates, hardware and software details, and curriculum applications, and the authors of the chapters are not professional historians but rather people who as teachers, students, or researchers were involved in this history. They narrate their history from a personal perspective and offer fascinating stories not just of what happened, but also of how it affected them, with their chapters representing reflections on their experiences of this time. As these stories have been told by witnesses who were involved at the time, their value lies not simply in the facts described, but rather in their mature reflections of events in this period. The book chapters are quite different to what would have been written by academic historians, and in any case few historians have exactly the same view or personal experience of past events. In many ways these chapters present a social history of the introduction and early use of computers in schools. They cover the history of computers in education from the 1970s up to only about the mid-1990s, before the widespread use in education of the Internet, Google, Wikipedia, iPads and smart phones. Many changes have occurred since the mid-1990s, but they are a story for another time. The chapters in this book deal with the introduction of computers in schools in many countries around the world: Norway, South Africa, UK, Canada, Australia, USA, Finland, Chile, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Israel, and Poland. All the papers were peer reviewed before final acceptance.
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Keyword(s) History
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