On Mar 12, 2005, at 3:39 PM, Vince Rossano wrote:
> Hmmm. Seems strange. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Shouldn't
> the "knowledge process" be leading technology?
Hmm. I always thought technology WAS a knowledge process.
I had a friend who taught in Kenya for a few years. One of his stories
was a conversation he had with his Dean, about what he thought about
the pedagogical style at the university. "Why do we have lectures?" he
asked. "Because books are expensive," was the reply.
Books are a technology. Classrooms are a technology. Blackboards,
whiteboards, projection screens, computer screens are all technologies.
Even handwriting is a technology.
When I was in school, the big debate was whether kids should be able to
use ball point pens. (I kid you not! It was a debate the adults had.
The kids were more hotly divided about whether we really should be
required to write between the lines !
P.S. Check out
Henry Petroski, The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance,
Knopf, NY, 1989, 1998. 434 pages.