Actor network theory goes to school

Warren, Wendy 2003, Actor network theory goes to school, in NZARE/AARE 2003 : Educational research, risks and dilemmas : New Zealand Association for Research in Education and the Australian Association for Research in Education, [Australian Association for Research in Education], [Coldstream, Vic.], pp. 1-15.

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Title Actor network theory goes to school
Author(s) Warren, Wendy
Conference name NZARE/AARE Joint Conference (2003 : Auckland, N.Z.)
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 29 November - 3 December 2003
Title of proceedings NZARE/AARE 2003 : Educational research, risks and dilemmas : New Zealand Association for Research in Education and the Australian Association for Research in Education
Editor(s) van Til, E.
Publication date 2003
Start page 1
End page 15
Publisher [Australian Association for Research in Education]
Place of publication [Coldstream, Vic.]
Summary Actor Network Theory (ANT) is explored as a useful tool in researching the intersection of English teaching and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), to understand the complex interaction of influences, both human and non-human, that combine to achieve a particular outcome, in this case the uptake of ICTs by English teachers in an Australian school. What this means is that alongside interviewing the teachers, administrators and technical support people, recognition is given to the influence of inanimate objects such as computers, bluestone walls and curriculum documents. This constructs a more complex picture of the change process accounting both for the invisible ideology of teacher beliefs as well as the technical capacity and incapacity of machines, buildings and policies. At the heart of ANT lies the metaphor of the heterogeneous network which is made up of diverse, not simply human, materials. Often these networks become consolidated as single point actors e.g. the English curriculum, the computer laboratory, the library, which are then seen as fixed entities rather than an amalgamation of parts prone to change. ANT allows for the constituent parts to be investigated, and following Bruno Latour's Aramis, (1996) this can be done creatively by literally giving voice to inanimate objects such as computers.
ISSN 1176-4902
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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