Robert Duiker

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Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education


Technologically mediated communication which has flooded the worlds of North American people with information brings with it an increasing uncertainty about the reliability of this information. This flood of information delivers worldview and culture, completely unsorted, in very small increments to the hearts and minds of young people who are students in Christian schools. These small increments we call cultural dust. This study identifies technology, and specifically mass media and computer mediated communication, as a factor that has contributed to accelerated cultural change in the lives of students who attend Christian schools. Data collected through this action research project provides evidence that 16 media and technology enhanced “spirits of the age” identified by Hielema (2001) operate in the lives of middle school students at a Christian school in Alberta Canada. A unifying theme found in responses throughout the project is that of deficiency of a well-defined Christian identity in the lives of students. This dearth of Christian identity coincides with an accumulation of cultural dust in the Information Age.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education