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ERIC Number: EJ949223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-2156-7069
The Social Construction of Educational Technology through the Use of Authentic Software Tools
Jones, Allan; Bissell, Christopher
Research in Learning Technology, v19 n3 p285-297 2011
A major strand of science and technology studies in recent decades has related to the social construction of technology (SCOT) movement, whose adherents maintain that technological systems are determined just as much by social forces as by technological ones. Taking this SCOT notion as a starting point, and putting a focus on the user, this paper looks at some examples of the educational use of software tools that exploit the functionality of the software in ways far removed from the original design. Examples include the use of spreadsheets, graphics editors and audio editors, and online translation software. Connections are made between the social construction of technology and constructivist pedagogy, particularly in relation to authentic learning. (Contains 5 figures, 1 table, and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom