ERIC Number: ED207502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Reconceptualizing the Theory-Base of Educational Technology: Re-opening the Theory-Practice Debates.
Koetting, J. Randall
Freire's model of emancipatory education is one alternative to the behaviorist theory of education predominant in the field of educational technology. The educational context, the teaching/learning situation, is an extremely complex situation. Reducing this situation to a question of inputs and outputs oversimplifies the many facets of education. Those in the educational technology field need to view education in its complexity and begin to deal with some practical solutions. Freire's model of education allows for the complexity of school life and is able to work with alternative forms of inquiry (other than the empirical model) in arriving at knowledge. If Freire's model were adopted as an alternative to the behaviorist theory of education, the application and utilization of educational technology would take on an "emancipatory intent" in the learning process, as opposed to being clearly defined for the purpose of control. A 20-item bibliography is appended. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Behaviorism; Freire (Paulo)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Philadelphia, PA, April 6-10, 1981). Not available separately: see IR 009 554.