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TRAJECTORIES AND TENSIONS IN THE THEORY OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION

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For largely historical reasons, information and communication technology in education has been heavily influenced by a form of constructivism based on the transmission and transformation of information. This approach has implications for both learning and teaching in the field. The assumptions underlying the approach are explored and a critique offered. Although the transmission approach is entrenched in procedures and pedagogies, it is increasingly challenged by an action-theoretical form of constructivism. In this ‘ecology of ideas’, the value of the two theoretical stances might be judged in terms of their practical utility and the contributions they make to understanding ICT.
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Keywords: curriculum theory; ecology of ideas; information theory; learning theory; nformation and communication technology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-06-01

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