Title

The Nonneutrality Of Educational Computer Software

Authors

K. Biraimah

Title - Alternative

Comput. Educ.

Keywords

Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications; Education &; Educational Research

Abstract

This article questions the non-neutrality of technology, as represented by educational computer software used in American schools. It first analyzes database programs to illustrate their selection-amplification function, and then discusses how educational software, like textbooks, are forms of knowledge control that transmit selected values and role models to students. The article then analyzes the treatment of gender, ethnicity and multicultural perspectives in 30 randomly selected educational software programs currently used in U.S. schools. It concludes, based on the programs analyzed, that educational software is at least, if not more biased than the printed page it may one day replace.

Publication Title

Computers & Education

Volume

20

Issue/Number

4

Publication Date

1-1-1993

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

283

Last Page

290

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1993LZ68900001

ISSN

0360-1315

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