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Seminar Series - (un)Doing Education with Actor-Network Theory

Date: 23 February 2011 Time: 12.30 - 2.00 p.m.

Venue: FASS Building, MR1

Professor Tara Fenwick

Stirling Institute of Education, University of Stirling

Studies and debates related to actor-network theory have become well known in the social sciences, particularly through research published in fields of sociology, technology, human geography, organisation and management, health care, and environmental studies. Within educational research, actor-network theory has been much less visible, even discouraged. However, scattered educational studies drawing from ANT have emerged since the mid-1990s to examine questions of curriculum, educational policy and change, teaching and learning practices, and educational technology. This seminar offers a brief tour through the published educational research that affiliates itself with ANT in some way, drawing from a comprehensive review of this research in Actor-network theory in education (Routledge 2010). Two central questions are explored: what have ANT sensibilities contributed to educational research and practice? and, what can education contribute to ANT? In particular, this tour focuses on two issues that appear prominent in ANT-ish studies of education: (1) how materialising processes and assemblages help configure educational actors, subjectivities, knowledge and activities; and (2) what constitutes learning and change in practices, people and knowledge. The conclusion looks to particular contributions that educational researchers might offer to the development of ANT-related thought more generally.

Tara Fenwick is a Professor of Education at the University of Stirling, and Director of ProPEL (international research network for professional practice, education and learning). She has published widely in workplace learning, and has particular interest in professional knowing-in-practice.


Who can attend: Anyone


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