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ERIC Number: EJ880076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Education Technology and Hidden Ideological Contradictions
Amory, Alan
Educational Technology & Society, v13 n1 p69-79 2010
This article examined, through a Cultural Historical Activity Theory lens, how immersive- or pervasive environments and pedagogical agents could more easily support social collaboration as foundation of contemporary learning theory. It is argued that the fundamentalism-liberationism contradiction (learn "from" versus learn "with" technology) is no longer justifiable as contemporary technology tools (pervasive/immersive environments and agent technology), the understanding of social networks, and recent neuro-science discoveries negate instructional design philosophies and innatist positions. The use of an activity lens allowed for identification of a number of educational technology design principles including explication of ideological positions, designs for contradictions, acceptance of a post-modern position, designs to overcome homophilic associations, and use of complex real-world learning activities. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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