oa South African Journal of Information Management - Virtually incomprehensible: pros and cons of WWW-based communication and education

Volume 3 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



Attempting to steer a course between WWW evangelism and scepticism, the authors consider the merits of the WWW as a technology for the purposes of education. Drawing on recent work in cognitive science, linguistics and cognitive anthropology, the authors argue that a range of resources of critical importance for many forms of learning are available in live, situated interaction between people, but 1either absent or severely limited on the WWW. The authors conclude that learning is not a process which is indifferent to the technology by means of which it is conducted, and that there will be many learning scenarios for which the WWW is entirely unsuited.

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