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ERIC Number: ED373722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 9
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James D. Finn's Contribution to the Development of a Process View of Educational Technology.
Januszewski, Alan
This study focuses on the thoughts and activities of James D. Finn and examines the influence that these thoughts and activities had on later events and outcomes in the field of educational technology. Finn aimed to upgrade the status of audiovisual education to a professional field of study and endeavored to change the name of the field to educational technology and to base it on research and theory. His early work concentrated on automation in education, initially considering automation to be an expansion of technology. In the early 1960s, he changed his focus to technology, always emphasizing that technology was more than just machines, that it included processes, management, and human and nonhuman controls. Despite shifts in his philosophical orientation, Finn remained a proponent of technology as process. The ideas that Finn articulated had the long range vision that professionalized the audiovisual field. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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