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Foundational theory: A New conceptualization of relevant ideas


Rush, PA, Foundational theory: A New conceptualization of relevant ideas, Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience, IGI Global Publishing, M Northcote and KP Gosselin (ed), USA, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9781522509684 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0968-4.ch001


Some of the fundamental concepts we use to frame our theories of online education have undergone a meaning shift since the advent of the computer age. As such, online educators need to update their understanding of such concepts in the light of the changes their meanings have undergone. This chapter examines the changes in three such concepts: ‘personalisation’, ‘presence’, and ‘communication’ by examining the shifts in three of the more fundamental concepts upon which they depend: ‘mind’, ‘self’ and ‘others’. It outlines a framework based on a ‘discontinuous’ theory of the latter notions; one in which the presumed continuity between these concepts and online reality is challenged. Thus the chapter works toward a new conceptualisation of the terms of our enquiry that responds directly to the way in which shifts in their presumed or default meanings may have led us astray over the past few decades.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:online education, personalisation, presence, communication
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Rush, PA (Dr Penelope Rush)
ID Code:111808
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-10-07
Last Modified:2018-04-27

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