Disruptive Fixation : School Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism   - Sims, Christo

Disruptive Fixation : School Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism

Christo Sims

Yayınevi: Princeton University Press

Yayın tarihi: 03/2017

ISBN: 9780691163994

İngilizce | 232 Sayfa | 16x24,61x1,8 cm.

Tür: Antropoloji

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 In New York City in 2009, a new kind of public school opened its doors to its inaugural class of middle schoolers. Conceived by a team of game designers and progressive educational reformers and backed by prominent philanthropic foundations, it promised to reinvent the classroom for the digital age. Ethnographer Christo Sims documented the life of the school from its planning stages to the graduation of its first eighth-grade class. Disruptive Fixation is his account of how this "school for digital kids," heralded as a model of tech-driven educational reform, reverted to a more conventional type of schooling with rote learning, an emphasis on discipline, and traditional hierarchies of authority. Troubling gender and racialized class divisions also emerged. Sims shows how the philanthropic possibilities of new media technologies are repeatedly idealized even though actual interventions routinely fall short of the desired outcomes--often dramatically so.

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