Title

Technology And Context Within Research On International Development Programs: Positioning An Integrationist Perspective

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2003

Publication Title

Communication Theory

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

We focus on development efforts that use information and communication technologies for educational purposes in developing nations. The oppositional nature of the approaches to development makes constructive dialogue among theoretical perspectives difficult. Using a metatheoretical classification scheme, we sort development research based on 4 possible logical relationships between technology as an artifact and the social context. Derivation of the scheme is principled rather than historical and independent of any particular theory. Focusing on assumptions about technology and context brings new understanding of each perspective and can foster a dialogue across the perspectives. Further, we offer that self-organizing systems theory possesses the potential of representing an integrationist perspective in development research.

Volume

13

Issue

1

pp.

57-77

ISSN

1050-3293