Category Archives: Technology

Technology’s Role as an Evolutionary Bridge

If we accept language as the basis of our experience, – that is it acts in the linguistic domain that mediates experience at the autopoieitic boundary (autonomy-dependency paradox) – then we may define technology as the mechanism by which that … Continue reading

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Human Cumulative Cultural Evolution as a Form of Distributed Computation

Cumulative culture is the engine that drives the remarkable power of the global human computer. It enables societies to act as extremely powerful computers by ratcheting up technological and other cultural innovations. Once culture can accumulate, the ability of a … Continue reading

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The History of Technological Anxiety and the Future of Economic Growth

Technology is widely considered the main source of economic progress, but it has also generated cultural anxiety throughout history. From generation to generation, literature has often portrayed technology as alien, incomprehensible, increasingly powerful and threatening, and possibly uncontrollable. So it … Continue reading

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Activity Theory, Authentic Learning and Emerging Technologies

Although emerging technologies are becoming popularised for teaching, learning and research, the relationship between their use and transformative effects on higher education remain largely unexplored. This edited collection seeks to fill this gap by providing a nuanced view, locating higher … Continue reading

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Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology

Teaching is changing. It is no longer simply about passing on knowledge to the next generation. Teachers in the twenty-first century, in all educational sectors, have to cope with an ever-changing cultural and technological environment. Teaching is now a design … Continue reading

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Why Technology Hasn’t Delivered More Democracy

The current moment confronts us with a paradox. The first fifteen years of this century have been a time of astonishing advances in communications and information technology, including digitalization, mass-accessible video platforms, smart phones, social media, billions of people gaining … Continue reading

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Technology, Culture, Family: Influences on Home Life

Why does the profound technological transformation of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries appear to have done so little to effectively change patterns of care and ways of living in the home? Why is it that long-lasting social divisions … Continue reading

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How Social are Social Media Technologies ?

This study investigated how 20 university students described their collective and individual learning experiences using social media technologies (SMTs). Data consisted of transcribed focus group discussions, which were analysed for students’ use of first person singular and plural pronouns as … Continue reading

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Sounds in Translation – Intersections of music, technology and society

Sounds in Translation: Intersections of music, technology and society joins a growing number of publications taking up R. Murray Schafer’s challenge to examine and to re-focus attention on the sound dimensions of our human environment. This book takes up his … Continue reading

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STIMULA – stimulating Science and Technology teaching and learning

STIMULA aims to develop innovative methodologies to foster aspirations towards science and technology (S&T) careers among pupils in secondary level education, using as a strategy the active involvement of the world of work (universities, research & innovation centres, and research … Continue reading

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