Root-metaphors for understanding: A framework for teachers and teacher educators of information and communication technologies

Brent Kilbourn, Isabel Álvarez

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    Abstract

    This paper argues for understanding ICT from the standpoint of philosophical world views. We present a framework, based on Pepper's root-metaphors (Formism, Contextualism, Mechanism, Organicism, and Animism/Mysticism) and we illustrate the use of the framework by looking at a common example of ICT: e-mail. It is argued that such a framework is potentially helpful to ICT teachers, especially when they work with pre-service education students who are struggling with how to integrate ICT critically into their future classrooms. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1354-1369
    JournalComputers and Education
    Volume50
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008

    Keywords

    • Pedagogical issues
    • Post-secondary education
    • Teacher education

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