ERIC Number: EJ847701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Agency of the Instructional Designer: Moral Coherence and Transformative Social Practice
Campbell, Katy; Schwier, Richard A.; Kenny, Richard F.
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v21 n2 p242-262 2005
In this paper we propose a view of instructional design practice in which the instructional designer is an agent of social change at the personal, relational, and institutional levels. In this view designers are not journeymen workers directed by management, but act in purposeful, value based ways with ethical knowledge, in social relationships and contexts that have consequences in and for action. The paper is drawn from the data set of a three-year study of the personal meaning that instructional designers make of their work, in a world where identities rely less on institutionally "ascribed status or place" than on the spaces that we make as actors in the social world. Through the voices of two instructional designers in this study, we begin to make the case for instructional design practice as ethical knowledge in action, and for how agency emerges from the designer's validated sense of identity in institutions of higher learning.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Social Change, Ethics, Change Agents, Social Environment, Higher Education, Self Concept, Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Interviews, Transcripts (Written Records)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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