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Researching Mechanisms of Change: Literacies for the Posthuman


Budd, Y, Researching Mechanisms of Change: Literacies for the Posthuman, Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World, Nova Science Pub Inc, T Le & Q Le (ed), Hauppauge New York, pp. 213-230. ISBN 9781626186514 (2013) [Other Book Chapter]

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This chapter examines some of the challenges of educational change in the context of current research into the new language and literacy practices developing around the use of new technologies in the classroom. The complex and often conflicting expectations of various educational stakeholders is expressed in the call for teachers to return to the systematic teaching of basic literacy skills, while concurrently learning about, and engaging students with, new information and communication technologies (ICT). The rationale behind the push for ICT in schools is examined through the lens of a critical methodology that foregrounds the need to know how knowledge is produced, and who benefits most from prevailing educational practices. Discrepancies, gaps, silences and tensions within and across educational discourses are discussed in the context of a recent study that demonstrates how changing language practices can destabilise concepts such as literacy, knowledge, and information, and result in new understandings of what it means to be human in the Information Age. Foucauldian Genealogical Discourse Analysis and Constructivist Grounded Theory are also presented as compatible methods for examining how language and other signifying practices figure not only as stabilising elements of socio-cultural processes but also as mechanisms of change.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:Constructivist Grounded Theory, Foucauldian Genealogical Discourse Analysis, ICT, literacy, posthuman
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Budd, Y (Dr Yoshi Budd)
ID Code:85341
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2013-07-01
Last Modified:2014-08-26

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