Three paradoxes in the approach to educational technology in the education studies of the Spanish universities

Joan Ferrés, Maria Jose Masanet, Julio César Mateus

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The education studies of the Spanish universities are not alien to technological innovations, but their approach to them tends to be basically instrumental. Neuroscience’s contributions about the functioning of the minds that interact with these technologies give new perspectives to the academic world; perspectives that are necessary for optimizing teaching-learning processes. This article analyses the recent scientific production on ICT and innovation in Spanish higher education, as well as the Spanish university teaching guides of education degree subjects about technologies. This critical analysis is organized around three paradoxes related to information, rationality and critical sense. Comparing the analysis results with the discoveries of neuroscience during the last decades reveals limits and contradictions in those areas that tend to be considered strongest in the technology-education relationship. We draw conclusions for revising the parameters for the approach to ICT in university education.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Educational technology
  • Emotions
  • Entertainment
  • Higher education
  • ICT
  • Innovation
  • Media education
  • Neuroscience
  • Spain
  • Storytelling

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