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ERIC Number: ED500086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Towards a Critical Theory of Educational Technology
Okan, Zuhal
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International Educational Technology (IETC) Conference (7th, Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, May 3-5, 2007)
The purpose of this study is to offer a critical consideration of current initiatives, and common sense discourses, forcing educators to adopt and integrate educational technology on a large scale. This study argues that it is time, in the relative absence of a critical debate, to ask questions that should precede a wholesale adoption of technology. It will first provide various definitions of technology including determinist and instrumentalist approaches. Then it will move towards a critical theory of technology in which the discussion is broadened to a critique of promises of technology drawing on technopositivism as a marketed ideology. The study cites research, computer-assisted language learning in particular, to show whether the implementation of information technologies has been able to match their promises. It calls for critical awareness of how technology is impacting education and at the same time for the engagement of teachers in exploring the relevant political, economic, and cultural contexts that help shape classroom learning and teaching.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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