Foundations of Educational Technology: Integrative Approaches and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Overview

The first volume in Routledge’s new Interdisciplinary Approaches to Educational Technology series, Foundations of Educational Technology is an introductory textbook for students enrolled in Educational Technology Masters and PhD programs. It focuses on fundamental characteristics that cut across users, contexts, and settings, considers the underlying assumptions of the field, introduces the relevant theories on which practice has been developed, and discusses the kinds of professional activities graduates are likely to engage in.

This text provides students with engaging exercises and activities that contribute to their professional growth, using these four pedagogical features:

  • TELL: Presentations and directions to major sources of information and resources.
  • ASK: Activities that encourage students to critique applications and share their individual interpretations.
  • SHOW: Activities demonstrate the application of key concepts and complex skills with appropriate opportunities for learner responses.
  • DO: Learners apply key concepts and complex skills while working on practice assignments and/or projects for their electronic portfolios.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"For serious scholars, researchers, and practitioners in the field of educational technology, this is the book to own. It makes reading about the field exciting as well as informative and provides the reader with insights and understandings by one of the field’s leading authorities. This may be the first book of its kind that is a true page-turner."

Phillip Harris, Ed.D., Executive Director of AECT

"Foundations of Educational Technology alleviates the fear that teaching novices the basics in the field of educational technology must be reduced to simplified models and procedures. This textbook manages to embrace the breadth and depth of educational technology while providing understandable definitions, examples, and exercises."

Dr. Monica Tracey, Wayne State University, USA

"New technologies to improve teaching and learning are emerging at an unprecedented speed. So is our understanding of how people learn. There is a need for works which are both accessible in approach and profound in content, so that more beginning students of educational technology and more non-academic stakeholders can benefit from them. Education policy makers, practitioners (including teachers and school administrators), and readers with cross-disciplinary interest in educational technology will find that this book, the second edition of a book that I translated into Chinese, meets their needs."

Youqun Ren, Professor and Vice President of East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

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Meet the Author

J. Michael Spector is a research professor at the Learning and Performance Support Laboratory at the University of Georgia. Dr. Spector has served as Executive Vice President on the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (ibstpi), on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Learning Technology Task Force, and as a past President of the Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT). He is the editor of the Development Section of ETR&D and serves on numerous other editorial boards. He co-edited the third edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology and has more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and books to his credit.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction and Overview

1. Introducing education technology

2. Learning and performing

3. Teaching and training

4. Supporting learning, performance and instruction with technology

5. Integrative approaches to planning and implementation

Part II. Theoretical Perspectives with Example Applications

6. Theories of human development

7. Theories of learning and performance

8. Theories of information and communications

9. Instructional theories

10. Instructional design theories

Part III. Elaboration, Examples, Discussion, and Activities

11. Introducing innovative technologies and managing change

12. Teaching with technology

13. Educational technologies in the workplace

14. Designing technology-supported learning environments

15. Integrating technology into activities and tasks

Part IV. Extensions for Different Contexts

16. K-12 settings

17. Higher education

18. Business and industry

19. Governmental agencies

20. Not-for-profit and non-governmental agencies

References, Glossary of Terms, Extended Bibliography, Links and Other Resources

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