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Children’s Power for Learning in the Age of Technology

Children’s Power for Learning in the Age of Technology
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Author(s): Julie McLeod (University of North Texas, USA), Lin Lin (University of North Texas, USA) and Sheri Vasinda (Texas A&M University – Commerce, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 16
Source title: Technology and Young Children: Bridging the Communication-Generation Gap
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sally Blake (University of Memphis, USA), Denise L. Winsor (University of Memphis, USA) and Lee Allen (University of Memphis, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-059-0.ch003


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This chapter situates discussions of children’s power for learning in the context of new media and technology. We assert that for learning to take place, children must exert their own power and take initiatives in their learning; yet, the current power structure of classrooms inhibits children from exerting their power and motivation for learning. Tracing the seminal works on power, we provide examples of children’s power in learning and argue for a power structure transformation necessary in a technology-rich classroom of the twenty-first century.

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