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E-Learning Pedagogy in the Primary School Classroom: The McDonaldization of Education ARTICLE

Australian Journal of Teacher Education Volume 33, Number 5, ISSN 0313-5373

Abstract

This paper begins as an initial rejoinder to the ideas expressed by Ross (2000) in The Promise and Perils of E-Learning: A critical look at the new technology. In his article, Ross supports the traditional practices of pedagogy at the primary school level–face-to-face pedagogy–and then critiques what he describes as a "fetishisation" of technological pedagogy–a fetishisation seen in the increase of E-learning pedagogy at the primary school level. The ideas expressed in this article gain their structure and momentum from Ross's (2000) arguments against E-learning and extends a more cautious approach to the widespread belief in the success of E-learning pedagogy. The main thesis is that E-learning spawns numerous problems for primary students–namely a homogenisation and dehumanisation. This ultimately leads to what Ritzer (2000) calls a "McDonaldisation of education".

Citation

Etherington, M. (2008). E-Learning Pedagogy in the Primary School Classroom: The McDonaldization of Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 33(5),.

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