Examining the Field of Educational Technology:A Bourdieuian Perspective
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McNutt, L. (2010). Examining the Field of Educational Technology:A Bourdieuian Perspective. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010 (pp. 1374-1383). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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The purpose of this paper is to propose an alternative framework for the exploration of the field of educational technology– a framework that will focus on the individuals who adopt the technology and seek to change their current practices. Whilst, innovation in education and the characteristics of the innovators has been the subject of research studies over the past decade, many of the approaches adopted attempt to identify the key characteristics of these innovative individuals. Their personal beliefs, values and motivations are often absent from the public sphere at a time when they are needed to contribute to the debate on the future direction of education and the role that educational technology can play. This paper will argue that Pierre Bourdiue’s concepts of habitus, capital and field provides a suitable lens with which to address this challenge.
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