Algorithms – digital power technology and its impact on contemporary educational reality
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Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny w Krakowie
Publication date: 2024-02-23
Edukacja Ustawiczna Dorosłych 2023;123(4)
Functioning in an algorithmic society, in which we are increasingly aware of the dependence on the results suggested by search engine algorithms and advertising offers, personalized systems assessing educational services or algorithmic market operations influencing political decisions, an important problem is to answer the question of what the role of algorithms in our lives is – mechanisms that operate somewhere in the background beyond the scope of our interest and knowledge – which, instead of describing the existing world, create a new reality in accordance with the vision of the people who create them. The purpose of the article is to analyze selected issues concerning the technology of algorithms – their real function in the human space, including the possibility of their use in the education sector. In addition, brief reference is made to the issue of the sense of algorithmic awareness among learners. The cited survey results, among others, showed that this technology is for respondents a rather distant phenomenon from their daily lives, although they declare that they know what it is. In the article – in order to achieve the assumed research goal – the method of analysis and criticism of the collected literature on the subject was used and pilot research was carried out using the survey method.
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