INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES, READING, AND THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

  • James M. Skelly

Abstract

The article addresses the challenge for universities and colleges to prepare
students for the world they inhabit through relevant course offerings and new
approaches to teaching. Unfortunately, these structures of higher education
still resemble chapels, where the professor is ‘priest,’ and with a pedagogy that
is informed by monologue, methodological nationalism, and a general lack of
awareness of the rapidly changing social and physical world around us. Starting
with the Gutenberg revolution, and following the ideas of Marshall McLuhan,
Sven Birkerts and Joseph Brodsky, the article approaches the consequences of
the new information technologies that are profoundly rewiring our minds and
replacing our ability to think critically. The author asks: what might education
look like today? How might we challenge young people to learn how to think?
The first task appears to critique and transform the political architecture of
classrooms and the teacher centeredness of pedagogical activity, replacing
monologue with dialogue. Students need to be shown how to critically distance
themselves from the seductions of information technologies, and educational
institutions should return to requiring deep reading and discussion of extended
narratives.

Published
2021-09-14
How to Cite
Skelly, J. M. (2021). INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES, READING, AND THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. Köz-Gazdaság - Review of Economic Theory and Policy, 16(3), 244-260. Retrieved from http://retp.eu/index.php/retp/article/view/1364