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The Role of Critical Theory in Learning Technologies Implementation in a Global Society
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Online ISBN 978-1-939797-48-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

We find ourselves in a diverse society, rich in cultures, histories, languages, and perspectives. Many educators and learners are experiencing a shift from the traditional, teacher-centered classroom to a more student-centered, digitally-rich learning environment with diverse teachers and learners. This shift requires rethinking learning technology implementation from a critical perspective. Critical theory, a social theory oriented toward critiquing and changing society, is an ideal lens through which technologies can serve as implements of global social justice in education. We discuss the features of critical theory that apply to learning technology implementation. Features include acts and symbols of society; examining social conditions to uncover hidden structures; and dissecting cultural, economic, societal, and political oppression as they relate to issues of power, authority, representation, privilege, access, privacy, and equity in technology integration.

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Otoo, S., Korang, T., Alzaid, A., Otayn, K. & Cifuentes, L. (2020). The Role of Critical Theory in Learning Technologies Implementation in a Global Society. In D. Schmidt-Crawford (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 380-384). Online: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 20, 2021 from .

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