What disciplines contribute to Technology-Enhanced Learning?
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22 December 2009
Technology-Enhanced Learning is by nature inherently interdisciplinary. Researchers come from a range of cognate disciplines; bringing with them diverse espitemelogical beliefs, methodologies and approaches. What is your 'birth' discipline; i.e. the discipline you initial studied/trained in? To what extent do you think it has influenced your approach in your current work?
Researchers at an ESRC TEL interdisciplinary workshop in November 2008 were asked a similar question. A slideshare presentation for the workshop is available here. They sited a broad range of ‘birth disciplines’, including: Computer science, Plant science, Botany, Veterinary science, Ethnology cultural studies, Psychology, HCI, Philosophy, Fine art, Moral philosophy, Electronic engineering, Chemistry, History of art, AI, Geology, HPS, International development education, Linguistics and AI, Philosophy, Sociology, Maths and Physics.
Similarly authors involved in the ‘Contemporary perspectives in e-learning research’ book (Conole & Oliver 2007) also came from a diverse discipline background: Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Critical Theory, Education, Psychology, Computer Science, Philosophy and Management Studies.
Clearly such diversity brings with it strengths; different theoretical perspectives and methodologies; different interests in terms of the focus of inquiry and research questions, but it also results in tensions - differences in definitions and understandings and even fundamentally opposed epistemological beliefs.
12:11 on 16 January 2010