Underlying Epistemological Assumptions of TPACK and the Implications on Research

ID: 44538 Type: Full Paper
  1. Marie Heath and Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Towson University, United States

Wednesday, March 4 3:30 PM-4:00 PM Location: Amazon S View on map

Presider: Susan Gubelman, Indiana State University, United States

Abstract: The question of TPACK as a useful tool for describing, creating, and measuring technology integration has recently been debated in the instructional technology field. In particular, scholars such as TPACK founders Koehler and Mishra have questioned the field's ability to create a reliable construct around the theory. While different epistemologies of TPACK have been considered in recent articles, these arguments have not adequately addressed the issue of the transformative epistemology of TPACK. This paper presents the findings of a critical review of the literature that examined TPACK through a theoretical framework of epistemology. Noted are the ways in which TPACK research fails if epistemology is not explicitly addressed. This review contributes necessary clarification of the underlying epistemologies of TPACK and has implications for future methodology and research design.


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