Philosophy of Computing in Education
CECS 6000.010 

ECMP Core Course
(Tentative Information as of 9/02/05)


Instructor: Dr. Gerald Knezek

 Catalog  Description:  CECS 6000 Philosophy of Computing in Education. An examination of the philosophical underpinnings of use of computers in education: why we are interested in this technology; what we hope to accomplish; intended and unintended changes that will occur by its use.

 Classroom: Matthews 308

Meeting Dates: 

Saturday, Sept. 4, 9am-1pm 

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9am-1pm  (Assignment 1 due)

Saturday, Oct. 15, 9am-1pm (Assignment 2 due)

Saturday, Nov. 12, 9am-1pm (Assignment 3 due)

Saturday, Dec. 3, 9am-1pm (Assignment 4 due)

(Assignments due 7 pm on the day before class.)

 Description of the Course:

These detailed topics fit into three examined aspects of the computer in education as follows:

1.    Machine learning/machine-intermediated learning--the computer as a device with which you communicate or where the machine is only an intermediary for human to human communications.
2.    The computer as tutor/ tool/tutee--depending on your philosophy, the computer can take on different functions in education. Which fits your style and why?
3.    Pedagogy - what is technology’s role in education; how can it help you be a better teacher? Starting at the beginning - what is pedagogy and what is a good teacher?

This class will be slightly more than half face-to-face with significant directed study and internet extensions.  There will be three assignments and a term paper. Assignment 1 is on aspect 1, assignment 2 on aspect 2, and assignment 3 on aspect 3. The first day of class will include discussion related to the course and to the term papers. The final class will include time for everyone to make presentations about their term paper. In addition to the above mentioned class meetings and assignments, a list of 6 or so movies related to pedagogy and philosophy will be provided. Each student is to view 3 of those movies.

Presentation of Final Projects:
Saturday, Dec. 3, 9am-2pm




Frost, S. E. Jr. (1942). The Basic Teachings of the Great Philosophers. Philadelphia: Blakiston.

Kemeny, J. G. (1972). Man and the Computer. NY: Charles Scribner & Sons.

Collis (1996). Children and Computers in School. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Haugeland, J. (1997). Mind design II. Philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence. Cambridge: MIT Press. (available as an online e-book at UNT).

Various texts reserved in the library.

Other texts provided by the instructor and members of class.



 Contact Information:
Voice Mail: 940-565-4195
FAX 940-565-2185

Mailing Address:
Technology and Cognition/UNT
P.O. Box 311335
Denton, TX  76203