The University of Arizona

Book Review: "Foundations of Educational Technology: Integrative Approaches and Interdisciplinary Perspectives"

Eugene W. Lyman


J. Michael Spector's Foundations of Educational Technology: Integrative Approaches and Interdisciplinary Perspectives is intended as an introductory-level textbook for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates seeking an orientation to foundational principles in educational technology. The book is successful in its intended purpose, but Spector's presentation of educational technology as a non-reductive and cross-disciplinary field creates structural tensions between the text's intended role as introductory survey and the underlying complexity of its philosophical hermeneutic.

DOI: 10.2458/azu_itet_v1i1_lyman


Educational Technology; Philosophy; Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Spector, J. M. (2012). Foundations of educational technology: Integrative approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives. NY: Routledge.

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