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ERIC Number: ED455787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 11
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Professor Ann De Vaney and a Good Conversation.
Nichols, Randall G.
The author begins this paper by explaining that in examining 10 works by Ann De Vaney his goal is to see what her writing generally reveals about her playing close attention to people-to research subjects, to subjects otherwise addressed in the works, to readers of her works. The author attempts to address each by asking basic questions: (1) What is the work about, and what are her (and any co-author's) intent and methodology? (2) Who is her audience, and how does she attend to the interests of those she addresses? and (3) What changes in her work and in her attention to people's interests? The following general answers to the guiding questions emerge from the analysis of the 10 works studied. De Vaney writes about 10 different topics which include: aptitude-treatment-interaction and media; teaching critical responses to photographs; a field shift to post-structural and reader reception theories; rules that constitute knowing in the field; how to read the structures of educational television; sexism and racism in educational television programming; the diminishing of children by television programs; degradation of the subject by television ads; a post-structural history reading of the field and the struggle by women in the field; and the need for a postmodern philosophy of educational technology. In many of the works examined, the primary audience is Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) convention goers-researchers, professors, graduate students, and possibly some school media specialists. Otherwise, her audience is educational technology researchers, theorists, and academics generally. The specifics of De Vaney's works change from writing to writing, though they stay within the field of educational technology. After a very short time, her work is more foundational and philosophic in that it seeks wisdom as it deals with very basic issues, and the pieces get stronger. The work is somewhat more subversive over time; it asks readers to resist convention and change the cultural makeup of the field. (Contains 11 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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