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.
Design and the ethics of higher education (Rikke Toft Nørgård)
Rikke Toft Nørgård (Aarhus University) brings together educational philosophy with design practices and futures thinking.
We talk about Rikke’s ‘University of We’ and ‘Playful University’ projects, and discuss the ways that design thinking can play a role in establishing more ethical universities.
Working in the 'post-pandemic’ university (Simone Eringfeld)
“In times of crisis we need to be creative”
Simone Eringfeld (Cambridge University) is part of a new generation of education researchers beginning to re-imagine what it might mean to work in higher education.
We talk about Simone’s recent ‘Quaran-chats’ project documenting higher education lockdown experiences, Cambridge’s new ‘Post Pandemic University’ initiative, and the pros and cons of beginning an academic career in the 2020s.
The sociology of education policy (Stephen Ball)
“Sociology of education has devoted itself to saving, reforming, improving, perfecting the school … I now believe that it is a doomed enterprise. The school is an irredeemable institution”.
Prof. Stephen Ball (IOE London) is one of the world’s most eminent education researchers – a leading voice in the sociology of education, and a founding name in the area of policy sociology.
We talk about everything from Foucault to the state of pandemic education. We also discus Stephen’s recent provocative writing on the need for education researchers to ‘break their addiction’ to trying to improve schools and schooling.
The history of EdTech and the automation of education (Audrey Watters)
Audrey Watters is a legendary critical voice in the world of education and technology.
In this episode we talk about Audrey’s new book – ‘Teaching Machines’ - a history of the automation of education coming out with MIT Press in early 2021.
We also talk about Audrey’s work as an independent scholar and writer, and dealing with the online misogyny provoked by being a female critical voice.
Engineering Education in K-12 schools (Tamara Moore)
Prof. Tamara Moore (Purdue University) discusses her career in the area of Engineering Education – especially her work in developing ‘Engineering thinking’ in K-12 classrooms.
We talk about the importance of context in getting children interested in science and maths, why we need to move beyond talk of a ‘STEM pipeline’, and why we all need to appreciate the role that engineers play in shaping everyday life.
Privatization and public schooling (Anna Hogan)
Schools are now increasingly shaped by market forces and commercial interests.
Listen to Dr. Anna Hogan (UQ) talk about the fast-changing privatization of public schooling.
We discuss the diverse ways that private actors are now involved in schools, the difficulties of researching commercial activities in education, and how big corporations have quickly moved to redefine COVID-era schooling.
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