Technology and teaching thinking

Why a dialogic approach is needed for the twenty-first century

Authored by: Rupert Wegerif

The Routledge International Handbook of Research on Teaching Thinking

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415747493
eBook ISBN: 9781315797021
Adobe ISBN: 9781317752301


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It is common to think of technology as a tool system where a tool is something used by people to get things done. So I might use a hammer to fix a loose nail in a fence. The ontological grammar behind this common sense view is that of a subject (me) using a tool (the hammer) to achieve an objective (fixing the fence). This ontology implies that the tools we use make no real difference to who we are and to the objectives we set ourselves. This common sense understanding of what a tool is lies behind the claim that technology in education is just about how we deliver educational goals and should not be thought of as any more than that (Clark, 1994).

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