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Education and social justice in a digital age$
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Rosamund Sutherland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305255

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305255.001.0001

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Expanding the possible: people and technologies

Expanding the possible: people and technologies

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(p.15) Chapter Two Expanding the possible: people and technologies
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Education and social justice in a digital age
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Rosamund Sutherland

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305255.003.0002

Chapter Two draws on sociocultural theory in order to argue that human action is mediated by social, institutional and cultural factors, which include the technologies that have been invented by humans in order to transform our abilities to achieve and perform. It argues that if digital technologies are available resources, then it is important that young people learn how to convert these resources into what Sen calls capabilities, that is, opportunities that can be realised in action. It suggests that one of the roles of schools is to teach young people to convert digital resources into capabilities, but currently teachers are constrained from doing this by the school system.

Keywords:   technology, capabilities, digital, computer, learning, sociocultural theory, schools

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