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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Is technology producing a decline in critical thinking and analysis?

Stuart Wolpert
Media Officer, University of California, Los Angeles

Technology has changed familiar patterns of learning. As technology has played a bigger role in our lives, our visual skills have improved while our skills in critical thinking and analysis have declined. Schools should ensure that students have the opportunity to access and work with a broad range of media, balancing new media with traditional forms of reading. The article reports on these and other findings of psychologist Professor Patricia Greenfield, who has analysed more than 50 studies on learning and technology, including research on multi-tasking and the use of computers, the internet and video games.


Subject Headings

Visual literacy
Technological literacy
Information literacy
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Computers in society
Audiovisual education