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.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
Through its multiple examples and case studies, The Textbook and the Lecture shows the philosophical assumptions underpinning longstanding debates and serves to inform and perhaps even empower educational workers by helping them understand why they do what they do. * LSE *
Friesen's book should be attractive to students and instructors of curriculum and instruction as well as instructional designers and educational technology professionals. Educational start-ups and entrepreneurs might fnd it particularly helpful in placing new products in the context of the longue duree of education history. -- Donald Lankiewicz, Emerson College * Publishing Research Quarterly *