Everest Syndrome

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The Everest Syndrome, named by Maddux (cited in Gallo & Horton, 1994, p. 17) refers to the tendency of teachers to feel the need to use technology, specifically the Internet, in their classrooms simply because it exists (Maddux's choice of words may have been influenced by a reason attributed to George Mallory for wanting to climb Mount Everest). The researcher employs this term also to include the often overwhelming effect of massive amounts of information resources and technological tools made available through the World Wide Web (Brauch, Gerhold, & Patt, 1996).

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  • Gallo, M.A., & Horton, P.B. (1994). "Assessing the effect on high school teachers of direct and unrestricted access to the Internet: A case study of an east central Florida high school". Educational Technology Research and Development, 42(4), 17-39.
  • Brauch, A., Gerhold, K., & Patt, B. (1996). "Directions in WWW use: A mapping of potential". Available: http://www.seattleu.edu/%7Eadamb/research.html .[dead link]