The Problem of Education in Technological Society

Darin Barney
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This lecture concerns the triangular relationship between education, technology and citizenship. It proceeds from the premise that technological societies pose special challenges for citizenship, and that education — historically understood to be necessary for the cultivation of citizenship — plays a particular role in response to these challenges. Does the role imagined for education in so-called "knowledge-based society" attend adequately to the problem of citizenship in technological society? This lecture critically explores a number of philosophical and practical approaches to addressing.

Keywords: Education, Technology, Citizenship
Presentation Type: Plenary Presentation in English
Paper: Problem of Education in Technological Society, The

Darin Barney

Assistant Professor, Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

Darin Barney is a native of Vancouver, Canada, and studied at Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto, where he trained in political theory and received a Ph.D. in 1999. He is the author of 'Communication Technology: The Canadian Democratic Audit' (UBC Press: 2005); 'The Network Society' (Polity Press: 2004); and 'Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology' (UBC/Chicago 2000) which was awarded the 2001 Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Research by the McGannon Center for Communication Research at Fordham University, selected as an Outstanding Title in political theory for 2001 by the American Library Association's Choice Reviews and a Finalist for the 2002 Harold Adams Innis book prize. He is co-editor with Andrew Feenberg of 'Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice' (Rowman and Littlefield: 2004) and recipient in 2003 of the inaugural Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Aurora Prize for outstanding contribution to Canadian intellectual life by a new researcher. In 2002, he was the Hixon-Riggs Visiting Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. He has also taught at the University of Ottawa, the University of New Brunswick at Saint John, the University of Toronto at Scarborough, McMaster University, and Simon Fraser University. Darin Barney is currently Assistant Professor of Communication at McGill University.

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