ERIC Number: ED347997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Technology: A Conceptual Study in Metaphor.
Designed to analyze the term educational technology and to demonstrate that multiple conceptions of it exist simultaneously, this paper has four major objectives: (1) to present the importance of conceptual analysis for investigations in the field of educational technology; (2) to demonstrate that the use of metaphor is appropriate for investigating the concept of educational technology; (3) to provide a theoretical framework for the choice of the metaphors--art, craft, science, and engineering--as ways of viewing education technology; and (4) to provide instances of each of the four metaphors from the literature of the field. A discussion of the philosophical basis and conceptual analysis of educational technology highlights historical and reflective interest in concepts and approaches to conceptual study, including historical and sociological approaches and approaches from linguistics and philosophy. Discussion of the study of metaphors focuses on characterizations of the practice of educational technology as an art, a craft, a science, and/or engineering with citations of examples of the metaphors from the literature of the field. It is concluded that these four characterizations of the term educational technology currently exist in the field and have been present for some time. (49 references) (BBM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conceptual Studies
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division; see IR 015 706.