Education Technology and Hidden Ideological Contradictions

Alan Amory, Educational Technology & Society, Feb 24, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This paper is almost unreadable, but it makes an important point about learning with technology. In a nutshell, the author argues that because people learn by changing their environment, they cannot learn from types of technology that cannot be changed, such as learning design, learning objects, and the typically inflexible artifacts of e-learning. The associated reductionist approaches are
"directly affiliated with positivist, non-dialectical and ultimately conservative approaches in education." Thus, the paper "pedagogical agents that could more easily support social collaboration and individual transformation." I just love some of the expressions in the paper (eg., "fundamental and totalitarian ideologies of instruction") but the writing is so dense with jargon and cumbersome expressions it punishes, rather than rewards, any effort to understand it more deeply.
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