ERIC Number: EJ1040119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
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Reference Count: 46
Whither Thee, Educational Technology? Suggesting a Critical Expansion of Our Epistemology for Emerging Leaders
Kowch, Eugene G.
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v57 n5 p25-34 Sep 2013
It is possible that some outdated ideas about "management" in our field are constraining our preparation of new educational technologists to lead education organizations in the Knowledge Age? This paper takes an interdisciplinary stance to examine educational administration, education technology and complexivist thinking about leadership in our field. It begins with a critical analysis using one of six educational leadership/administration knowledge "contexts"--"leadership vs. management"--to unpack our field's existing position on the topic (English, 2011). For parsimony, the other five contexts are mentioned briefly throughout this paper: (2) organizing and institutions and (3) Policy and governance. (4) Finance and Human Resources; (5) Change and Innovation and (6) Learning and technology. Other articles in this Special Edition of "Tech Trends" testify that outstanding, effective leadership exists in small, medium and large organizations every day around the world because of educational technologists doing amazing work in various contexts. This article suggests a frame for expanding our field's epistemology for in-program and emerging educational technologists to build their capability to lead organizations that learn in a Knowledge Age.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Educational Administration, Leadership, Educational Policy, Governance, Educational Finance, Human Resources, Educational Change, Innovation, Epistemology
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