ERIC Number: ED207505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reconstructing the History of Educational Technology Provides Us With New Models of Research.
This paper examines the tradition of research within the field of educational technology and cites problems endemic to the dominant research methods. It is suggested that a reexamination of the history of the field has intrinsic merit and is necessary at this time; furthermore, historical analysis may assist in the development of new research methods. Three types of historical explanation are cited and rejected as inadequate, and two general cognitive frameworks are suggested for the analysis of the history of research in educational communications. It is concluded that the traditional paradigm--technical cognitive research--has severe limitations, and the addition of a second paradigm--practical cognitive research--to the domain of the field is recommended. Definitions and examples of both cognitive strategies are described. Sixteen references are listed. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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.