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ERIC Number: EJ814028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
The Crisis of Educational Technology, and the Prospect of Reinventing Education
Albirini, Abdulkafi
Educational Technology & Society, v10 n1 p227-236 2007
With the fading monopoly of the industrial mode of production and the emergence of the "information revolution," modern technology has pervaded almost every aspect of human life. In education, however, information technology has yet to find a place, despite the unceasing attempts to "fit" it into the existing educational system. The paper argues that the industrial mode of production was successful in inventing "education" as a new paradigm, institutionalizing it in schools, and implementing it through a number of tools, such as "certified" teachers, curricula, and textbooks. By contrast, the information mode of production has created the tools, namely "educational technology," before developing a corresponding paradigm or institution. This crisis of educational technology is therefore a corollary of its misplacement, and subsequent malfunction, in the still-in-use industrial paradigm and institution (education and school). The paper suggests that, in order to ensure a proper functionality of modern technology, we need to resolve this theoretical inadequacy. A possible solution would be to thoroughly restructure "education" and schools, as remnants of the industrial age, into a new paradigm and institution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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