My interest in this seminar came from talking to colleagues about their past involvement in ICT as part of the
Of course, theory can cover a range of meaning from exploring cause and effect in a single study to the more overarching general theories. What kind of theories did they have in mind? Amongst others, colleagues made specific references to social cultural theory; activity theory; communities of practice; action research and to gaining an environmental understanding of ICT (an article by Loi and Dillon develops this idea further). There was frequent reference to the work of Papert whose influence, for better and for worse, was recognised in the way we think about technology in school. (The links, by the way, are to sites of interest not ones specifically recommended by colleagues).
This seminar, then, is about moving the discussion on and asking what do we want theory to do in relation to our research into ICT? Do we share the idea that we have 'under theorised' and, if so, does it matter? If we want to theorise more what is there to help us? Indeed has important work been done in our area and we do not know it? We have asked three colleagues who have thought about theory in relation to their research into ICT to help us think about these and other questions. The seminar is Friday 25 January 2008 10am - 3pm, in the MultiMedia CeNTRE, Insitute of Education, Westwood Campus, University of Warwick. We look forward to seeing you there.