Writing and Agency in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing as a Learning Technology

Gough, A.Martin (2006) Writing and Agency in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Conferencing as a Learning Technology. In: Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Annual Conference , 31 March - 2 April 2006, New College Oxford. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

I would argue overall that asynchronous computer mediated conferencing, if facilitated properly, despite its being essentially a text-based medium, will provide a positive contribution to the realization of the Socratic ideal of learning by co-operative knowledge construction which takes seriously the autonomy of learners. This paper is an explanation of the philosophical underpinnings of my position, which requires critical analyses of the Platonic, the post-structuralist and the Sartrean views of writing. I argue that, whilst Derrida provides an illuminating critique of Plato’s Socrates's objection to writing, and Barthes provides a complementary and clarificatory case why we should regard texts rather than their authors as bearers of meaning, Socrates's stance that writing (in the context, at least, of learning) is nonetheless lifeless holds up unless we adopt a Sartrean view of writing as action.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Martin Gough
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 15:36
Last Modified: 21 May 2011 23:52
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25325 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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