Following months of hard work, we are finally ready to publish our 2017 e-book, Education and Technology: critical approaches. This bilingual collection brings together 12 chapters written by researchers based in Brazil, Australia, Scotland, England and USA. The work has been edited by Giselle Ferreira, Alexandre Rosado e Jaciara Carvalho, members of the ICT in Educational Processes Research Group, who maintain this blog (mostly in Portuguese – at least so far!).
From the editors’ Introduction:
This volume offers a measure of sobriety in reaction to the excesses and hyperboles found in the mainstream literature on Education and Technology. The pieces (…) tackle questions of power and consider contextual and historical specificities, escaping the usual euphoria that surrounds digital technology and adopting different perspectives on our current historical moment.
Organised in three parts – Scenarios, Specifities e Historicity – the book includes 24 suggestive imagens (here, as a gif) created by the Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski, who kindly agreed to our using them in this project. All of our publications include artwork that speaks to us in different ways, and Pawel’s images are particularly suitable for the issues dealt with in the latest volume.
Following the editors’ Introduction, the e-book includes a Preface by Ralph Bannell (PUC-Rio, Brazil), which, ‘inspired on recent developments in Phenomenology’, highlights questions of power and ‘outlines new possibilities co conceive the processes of cognition and learning’.
This excerpt from the Introduction explains the structure of the volume:
Parte I, Scenarios, includes four chapters that, as a whole, suggest ways to uncover and critically analyse continuities and discontinuities in Education and Technology. Neil Selwyn (Monash University, Australia) recovers Neil Postman’s seven critical questions as the basis for specific, clear and direct reflection on the area. Raquel Barreto (UERJ, Brazil) e Richard Hall (De Montfort University, England) discuss, with many commonalities, implications to Compulsory Education in Brazil and Higher Education in the North, respectively, of the current trend towards the mechanisation of relationships, processes and actions implicated in education. Completing the part, the organisers present preliminary findings of a review of academic literature in Portuguese, suggesting much work remains to be done before the area establishes itself in academic terms.
Subsequently, Part II, Specificities, discusses specific current themes. Giota Alevizou (UK Open University) analyses the relationship between Education and Media, discussing, in particular, the implications of the current ‘datafication’ of educational processes. Jeremy Knox (University of Edinburgh, Scotland) critically examines MOOC, which have been growing significantly in the USA and Europe and gradually arrive in Brazil, echoing their international expansion as large initiatives involving Higher Education Institutions (e.g. USP) and startups supported by venture capital (e.g. Veduca). Closing the part, Lesley Gourlay (Institute of Education, University College London, England) proposes a critique of the binary ‘digital’ vs. ‘analogue’ and argues for the relevance of sociomaterial approaches.
The four chapters that compose Part III, Historicity, illustrate the importance of historical knowledge in contextualising and understanding the current status of technologies in education. Historicity is, for us, a key idea that needs to be more widely integrated in research into Education and Technology. Martin Weller (UK Open University) describes the development of the Open Educational Resources / Open Education movement from the perspective of an actor involved in this development since its inception, at the end of the 1990s. The subsequent chapters are texts we consider essential reading for anyone interested in Education and Technology. By Audrey Watters (California, USA), the ‘Cassandra of EdTech’, two chapters are included that were taken from her first collection of essays and talks, The Monsters of Educational Technology. (…) The part concludes with a ‘classic’ essay by Richard Barbrook e Andy Cameron (in memoriam), University of Westminster (England), which analyses ideological aspects that underlie the current digital technology industry, also on a historical-critical basis.
Educational and Technology: critical approaches will be launched locally in a small event at UNESA, in Rio de Janeiro, on the 4 May, with guest lectures by Ralph Bannell and Raquel Barreto.
Click here to download the book.