Literacy, technology and ‘technological literacy’

  • Michael Barnett


The shortcomings of the ‘technological literacy’ metaphor are reviewed. The lack of an agreed meaning for this concept reflects a widespread perplexity about how the study of technology should be incorporated into general education. The paper considers how the study of literature and history might contribute to an understanding of technology and posits a framework which permits the study of the made world to be incorporated within a humanistic educational scheme. It is suggested that the historical study of technologies of literacy could play a significant role in curricular integration.


literacy technology technological literacy humanism humanities education connective specialization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Barnett
    • 1
  1. 1.London University Institute of EducationLondonUK

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