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Gender

Technology is not Value-Neutral

Technology has great promise for equalizing the learning experience for marginalized groups such as women. But, we need to remember that technology and technology-based models of teaching and learning are not value-neutral. At the moment, many models tend to reflect a rational stance to knowledge and learning.

This idea is expressed by Leslie Regan Shade, who emphasizes the importance of vocabulary used on the Net: “we must pay close attention to the metaphors that people will use and see in this new world, so that they won’t exclude women, or include them in undesirable ways.”

Gender Issues in Computer Networking, 1993



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