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Why are the fundamentals of education apparently so little changed in our era of digital technology? Is their obstinate persistence evidence of resilience or obsolescence? Such questions can best be answered not by imagining an uncertain high-tech future, but by examining a well-documented past—a history of instruction and media that extends from Gilgamesh to Google. Norm Friesen looks to the combination and reconfiguration of oral, textual, and more recent media forms to understand the longevity of so many educational arrangements and practices.

Friesen examines the interrelationship of reading, writing, and pedagogy in the case of the lecture and the textbook—from their premodern to their postmodern incarnations. Over hundreds of years, these two forms have integrated textual, oral, and (more recently) digital media and connected them with changing pedagogical and cultural priorities. The Textbook and the Lecture opens new possibilities for understanding not only mediated pedagogical practices and their reform but also gradual changes in our conceptions of the knowing subject and of knowledge itself.

Drawing on wide-ranging scholarship in fields as diverse as media ecology and German-language media studies, Foucauldian historiography, and even archaeological research, The Textbook and the Lecture is a fascinating investigation of educational media.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface: Education as Technological from the Start
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Part I: Education and Media, New and Old
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1. No More Pencils, No More Books?
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. 2. Writing Instruction in the Twenty-First Century: 2000 BCE versus 2000 CE
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. Part II: Media, Psychology, and Theory
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. 3. Psychology and the Rationalist “Transcript of the Mind”
  2. pp. 37-46
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  1. 4. The Romantic Tradition: “A Cry of Nature”
  2. pp. 47-54
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  1. 5. Romantic versus Rationalist Reform
  2. pp. 55-66
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  1. 6. Theorizing Media—by the Book
  2. pp. 67-84
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  1. Part III: The Textbook and the Lecture: Re-forming the Book and Performing the Text
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. 7. A Textbook Case
  2. pp. 87-109
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  1. 8. From Translatio Studiorum to “Intelligences Thinking in Unison”
  2. pp. 110-125
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  1. 9. The Lecture as Postmodern Performance
  2. pp. 126-138
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  1. Conclusion: Educations and Generations
  2. pp. 139-152
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 153-164
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 165-174
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 175-178
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421424347
Related ISBN
9781421424330
MARC Record
OCLC
1012107692
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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