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Fad, Fashion, and the Weak Role of Theory and Research in Information Technology in Education
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, Professor, United States ; , University of Nevada, Reno, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 12, Number 4, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Fads are a serious problem in education. Fads are destructive because they are quickly abandoned, and therefore, some promising innovations are dismissed before they have been given a fair trial. Innovations become fads partly because there is a tendency for teachers and policy-makers to ignore educational research. Then too, an innovation may take on fad status because it lacks a logical connection to theory, or because advocates fail to clearly communicate the connections between a particular innovation and its theoretical foundations. Some possible solutions to the problem of fads in education are discussed.

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Maddux, C. & Cummings, R. (2004). Fad, Fashion, and the Weak Role of Theory and Research in Information Technology in Education. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 12(4), 511-533. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved September 18, 2019 from .

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