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ERIC Number: ED546269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 236
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2676-1511-4
Identity and Figured Worlds of School Technology Use
Lessem, Matthew
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder
Technology use in educational contexts is a personal and social activity. It is linked to individuals' attitudes and practices as well as the culture and structure of the institution. This research uses the theoretical framework of "figured worlds" and "self-in practice" to examine identities and cultural practices linked to information technology use and support in a public law school. Observations and interviews were used to collect data on technology practice within the institution. Local practice can be characterized as a "figured world of technology use" in which particular artifacts, narratives, activities, roles, and concerns are identified as possessing a highly contextualized significance. Technologies and technology activities are identified with the cultural forms imagined in the figured world theory. As cultural forms, technologies and technology practices are adapted, adopted, and integrated into local practice and link the figured world of technology use at this law school to other contexts. Self-in-practice within the context of local technology use is identified with a "technology identity" and defined as the constant process of choosing and integrating technology into personal practice. As central figures in this figured world, IT support staff attended and adapted to individuals' technology identities while also acting as guides in the construction of individual and organizational technology practice. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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