INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION: FADS AND THE ROLE OF THEORY AND RESEARCH
Rhoda Cummings, Cleborne Maddux, University of Nevada, Reno, United States Minor Outlying Islands
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Fad and fashion are facts of professional life in most disciplines. However, education has always been particularly susceptible to short-lived, fashionable movements that come suddenly into vogue, generate brief but intense enthusiasm and optimism, and fall quickly into disrepute and abandonment. Unfortunately, information technology in education has also proven to be highly susceptible to the pendulum syndrome. As Kennedy (2001)has put it, "We've all seen various techno-fads come and go so quickly that observers on the sidelines are at risk for whiplash" (p. 26). Those of us interested in information technology and its role in teaching and learning have witnessed the rise and fall of countless "hot topics." This session will examine some of the reasons for the faddish nature of education in general and information technology in education in particular. Some solutions will be proposed.
Cummings, R. & Maddux, C. (2003). INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION: FADS AND THE ROLE OF THEORY AND RESEARCH. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2761-2764). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).