Emerging issues and the latest ideas from across the world of education research. Hear from a range of academics about their current research work in schools, universities and beyond. Hosted by Neil Selwyn from Monash University, Australia.
Techno-scepticism in the classroom (Marie Heath)
“I’m not anti-technology … I’m pro-justice”.
Dr. Marie Heath (Loyola University) works to encourage an informed scepticism about digital technology in education.
We talk about getting critical tech issues into Social Studies lessons, conducting ‘techno-ethical audits’ of school platforms, and creative ways of encouraging students and teachers to reflect on issues of power and political economy.
Full text transcript here: https://criticaledtech.com/2022/08/17/techno-scepticism-in-the-classroom-an-interview-with-marie-heath/
Education in an era of pervasive automation (Mark Andrejevic)
Mark Andrejevic (Monash University) is a leading commentator on surveillance, information and digital media.
In this interview Mark looks back on his highly acclaimed 2020 book ‘Automated Media’, and considers how these issues are beginning to play out in the digital technologies now being taken up across schools and universities.
Full transcript available: https://bridges.monash.edu/articles/journal_contribution/Education_In_an_Era_of_Pervasive_Automation/20744332
Students’ engagement with work and employment (Alison Taylor)
Professor Alison Taylor (UBC) has spent her career looking at the interplay between students, education, work and the economy.
We talk about the changing nature of student life in time of precarious employment, the limitations of talking about educational ‘careers’ and ‘trajectories’, and the empirical methods that Alison has found to be particularly successful when researching student experience.
What makes for ‘good’ education research? (Bob Lingard)
Professor Bob Lingard (ACU) reflects on the art and craft of being an education researcher.
He talks about the distinction between ‘education’ research and ‘educational’ research, standing up for the added value of university-based research, and the need for academics to engage in the politics of education research.
* full text transcript: https://criticaledtech.com/2022/07/08/what-makes-for-good-education-researchinterview-with-bob-lingard-30th-june-2022%EF%BF%BC/
Bringing ‘knowledge’ back in (Kate O’Connor)
Knowledge is a fundamental aspect of education, but something that education research rarely addresses head-on.
Dr. Kate O’Connor (La Trobe University) specialises in the sociology of knowledge, and in this episode talks about her work around curriculum development, online teaching, and the increasing pressure for academics to engage in open scholarship.
Schools and sexuality (Jen Gilbert)
Prof Jen Gilbert (York University) is a leading international researcher in the area of sexuality, gender and education.
We talk about school as a site of sexuality, Jen’s use of storytelling methods, tips for dealing with the media, and how perceptions of ‘risk’ have altered since COVID.