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Researching Education Through Actor-Network Theory



Researching Education Through Actor-Network Theory

Tara Fenwick (Editor), Richard Edwards (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-27586-3 March 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 128 Pages


Researching Education Through Actor-Network Theory offers a new take on educational research, demonstrating the ways in which actor-network theory can expand the understanding of educational change.
  • An international collaboration exploring diverse manifestations of educational change
  • Illustrates the impact of actor-network theory on educational research
  • Positions education as a key area where actor-network theory can add value, as it has been shown to do in other social sciences
  • A valuable resource for anyone interested in the sociology and philosophy of education
Notes on Contributors vii

Foreword viii

Tara Fenwick & Richard Edwards ix

1 Devices and Educational Change
Jan Nespor 1

2 Translating the Prescribed into the Enacted Curriculum in College and School
Richard Edwards 23

3 Unruly Practices: What a sociology of translations can offer to educational policy analysis
Mary Hamilton 40

4 ANT on the PISA Trail: Following the statistical pursuit of certainty
Radhika Gorur 60

5 Assembling the ‘Accomplished’ Teacher: The performativity and politics of professional teaching standards
Dianne Mulcahy 78

6 Reading Educational Reform with Actor-Network Theory: Fluid spaces, otherings, and ambivalences
Tara Fenwick 97

Index 117