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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/246

Title: From Gutenberg's Galaxy to Cyberspace: The Transforming Power of Electronic Hypertext
Authors: Mason, Jean,
Keywords: hypertext, hypermedia, hyperwriting, literacy, pedagogy, reading, writing, composition, communication, education, technology
Issue Date: Apr-2002
Publisher: CITDPress, University of Toronto at Scarborough
Abstract: From Gutenberg's Galaxy to Cyberspace: The Transforming Power of Electronic Hypertext is the first empirically-grounded study of how hypertext transforms writing and thinking, and impacts literacy and education. In this ground-breaking work, Dr. Jean Mason uses the power of media-rich hypertext as the dynamic by which to explore the properties and possibilities of hypertext as a writing medium. From Gutenberg?s Galaxy to Cyberspace traces the experiences of a group of ?hyper-writers? as they struggle to master a new writing process that includes electronic links, visual images, sound, animation, and other forms of data within a single digitized writing space. Mason?s interpretations of collected data challenge educators to reframe their notions of literacy, points of reference, and roles as educators. Mason theorizes a new conceptual model for the hyper-writing process, suggests applications for pedagogy, and speculates about the far-reaching implications of non-linear ?hyper-thinking? in academic discourse and beyond. In addition to the detailed discussion of its subject, this e-text archives both the study itself and a surrounding web of research materials. From Gutenberg?s Galaxy to Cyberspace is based on the first-ever web-based doctoral dissertation at McGill University in Canada, where it successfully challenged academic norms and expanded the perimeters of doctoral discourse. This study is an indispensable resource for scholars engaged in research related to technology, pedagogy, communication, and literacy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/246
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