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Big data: and the micropolitics of entanglement in the Earth's becoming


Somerville, M and Woods, A and Duhn, I and Rautio, P and Powell, S and McConnell-Imbriotis, A and Galvez, S, Big data: and the micropolitics of entanglement in the Earth's becoming, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 34, (4) pp. 277-294. ISSN 0951-8398 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09518398.2020.1753848


This paper addresses the entanglements of the earth's becoming in a multi site cross hemisphere study of the infinite moments of young children's world making, recorded in multimodal videos, still images, and children's productions. The postqualitative project was informed by new materialist and posthuman theorising. The researchers conducted their research at seven different early learning centres in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and Finland. At the end of the project the researchers came together to make sense of the data across all sites and realised that their postqualitative data was BIG and that their 'little big data' was generated in the context of the increasing impact of 'big Big Data1.' We discuss our approaches to posthuman and new materialist big data in order to create a conversation between the two and to highlight the alternative methodological processes we developed to make sense of large bodies of postqualitative data.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Big data; postqualitative research; micropolitics; entanglements; earth's becoming
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Early childhood education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Early childhood education
UTAS Author:Duhn, I (Professor Iris Duhn)
ID Code:153208
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-09-13
Last Modified:2022-11-01

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