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The Resource Disruptive fixation : school reform and the pitfalls of techno-idealism, Christo Sims

Disruptive fixation : school reform and the pitfalls of techno-idealism, Christo Sims

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Disruptive fixation : school reform and the pitfalls of techno-idealism
Title
Disruptive fixation
Title remainder
school reform and the pitfalls of techno-idealism
Statement of responsibility
Christo Sims
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. He traces the complex processes by which idealistic tech-reform perennially takes root, unsettles the worlds into which it intervenes, and eventually stabilizes in ways that remake and extend many of the social predicaments reformers hope to fix. Sims offers a nuanced look at the roles that powerful elites, experts, the media, and the intended beneficiaries of reform--in this case, the students and their parents--play in perpetuating the cycle. Disruptive Fixation offers a timely examination of techno-philanthropism and the yearnings and dilemmas it seeks to address, revealing what failed interventions do manage to accomplish--and for whom
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Cataloging source
COO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sims, Christo
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Princeton studies in culture and technology
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  • Educational change
  • Educational technology
  • Educational anthropology
  • Community and school
  • Social change
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
  • Community and school
  • Educational anthropology
  • Educational change
  • Educational technology
  • Social change
  • New York (State)
Label
Disruptive fixation : school reform and the pitfalls of techno-idealism, Christo Sims
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-206) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. Cycles of Disruptive Fixation; Chapter 3. Spatial Fixations; Chapter 4. Pedagogic Fixations; Chapter 5. Amenable and Fixable Subjects; Chapter 6. Community Fixations; Chapter 7. Conclusion: The Resilience of Techno-Idealism; Appendix. Ethnographic Fixations; Notes; References; Index
Control code
ocn978892740
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691163994
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400885299
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
992972
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)978892740
Label
Disruptive fixation : school reform and the pitfalls of techno-idealism, Christo Sims
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-206) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. Cycles of Disruptive Fixation; Chapter 3. Spatial Fixations; Chapter 4. Pedagogic Fixations; Chapter 5. Amenable and Fixable Subjects; Chapter 6. Community Fixations; Chapter 7. Conclusion: The Resilience of Techno-Idealism; Appendix. Ethnographic Fixations; Notes; References; Index
Control code
ocn978892740
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691163994
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400885299
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
992972
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)978892740

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