Education and Technology: An Encyclopedia
"It has never been easy to define educational technology or the scope
of the profession." The editors of this encyclopedia use the
introduction to try and define the phrase as well as discuss the broad
aspects of it. The aim is "to provide an opportunity for those who have
had little or no formal introduction to the field of educational
technology to learn about its numerous applications and to recognize
the relevance of educational technology to many endeavors."
More than 200 alphabetically arranged entries are the work of more
than 120 contributors and fall into seven broad categories, as outlined
in the topical contents list: "Foundations" (
Cognitive psychology, Human-computer interaction); "Implementation" (
Knowledge management, Rapid prototyping, Webcast); "Issues" (
Assistive technology, Copyright, Digital divide); "Leaders"; "Professional Associations"; "Projects" (
Apple Classroom of Tomorrow Project, JSTOR); and "Research and Theory" (
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning [CSCL], Visual literacy). Average entry length is five pages. Each selection includes a
see also note and references. A glossary, an index, and a list of contributors are all included in volume 2.
Despite its stated aim, this work seems best suited to students
majoring in education and professionals in the education field. Those
who have no background in either education or technology might find
these volumes difficult to use.