Using a multiple-paper format, this dissertation includes three papers. By providing critiques of instrumental rationality, objectification, and psychologism in instructional technology, this study aims to provide a tentative formulation of a critical instructional technology that is sensitive to power and ethics.
The first article starts by presenting a theoretical discussion of instrumental rationality in instructional technology (IT). Then, it focuses on how the instrumental view became dominant in the field. The article explores the notion of the designer/technologist as a specific intellectual. It claims that efficiency should not be understood as an economical, instrumental, or technical matter, but an ethical one. It then focuses on potential pathways for advancing the field of educational technology in terms of systems design and userdesign.
The second article presents an overview of Heidegger's genealogy of and critique of modern technology. It then presents a phenomenological discussion on the importance of body (or embodiment) in learning. Some of the political/economical problems regarding mandating teachers to teach a predesigned course of instruction are investigated. It concludes that instructional designers' meaningful technological interventions need to be aligned with approaches to the professional development of teachers-not with the objectification in which the subjectivities, bodies, and faces of teachers and students become irrelevant.
The third article presents a brief genealogy of IT in relation to the influence of psychology. Moreover, it provides a critical and hermeneutical framework for psychology. Then, it discusses some problems of psychologism, focusing on positivism, metaphysics, cultural ecology, and power. IT professionals are encouraged to engage reflectively with the power relations and ethical issues in which they are involved. The article points out a need for looking at psychology more comprehensively (e.g., critical and hermeneutical psychology).
|Advisor:||Wiley, David A.|
|School:||Utah State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Utah|
|Source:||DAI-A 68/09, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Critical pedagogy, Educational technology, Instructional technology, Instrumental rationality, Objectification, Psychologism|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be