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Academic domains as political battlegrounds: a global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology

Al Lily, A. E. and Foland, J. and Stoloff, D. and Gogus, A. and Deniz Erguvan, I. and Tomé Awshar, M. and Tondeur, J. and Hammond, M. and Venter, I. M. and Jerry, P. and Vlachopoulos, D. and Oni, A. and Liu, Y. and Badosek, R. and López de la Madrid, M. C. and Mazzoni, E. and Lee, H. and Kinley, K. and Kalz, M. and Sambuu, U. and Bushnaq, T. and Pinkwart, N. and Adedokun Shittu, N. A. and Zander, P. O. M. and Oliver, K. and Pombo, L. M. T. and Balaban Sali, J. and Gregory, S. and Tobgay, S. and Joy, M. and Elen, J. and Jwaifell, M. O. H. and Said, M. N. H. M. and Al Saggaf, Y. and Naaji, A. and White, J. and Jordan, K. and Gerstein, J. and Umit Yapici, I. and Sanga, C. and Nleya, P. T. and Sbihi, B. and Rocha Lucas, M. and Mbarika, V. and Reiners, T. and Schön, S. and Sujo Montes, L. and Santally, M. and Häkkinen, P. and Al Saif, A. and Gegenfurtner, A. and Schatz, S. and Padilla Vigil, V. and Tannahill, C. and Padilla Partida, S. and Zhang, Z. and Charalambous, K. and Moreira, A. and Coto, M. and Laxman, K. and Sara Farley, H. and Gumbo, M. T. and Simsek, A. and Ramganesh, E. and Birzina, R. and Player Koro, C. and Dumbraveanu, R. and Ziphorah, M. and Mohamudally, N. and Thomas, S. and Romero, M. and Nirmala, M. and Cifuentes, L. and Osaily, R. Z. K. and Clemency Omoogun, A. and Seferoglu, S. S. and Elçi, A. and Edyburn, D. and Moudgalya, K. and Ebner, M. and Bottino, R. and Khoo, E. and Pedro, L. and Buarki, H. and Román Odio, C. and Qureshi, I. A. and Ahsan Khan, M. and Thornthwaite, C. and Kerimkulova, S. and Downes, T. and Malmi, L. and Bardakci, S. and Itmazi, J. and Rogers, J. and Rughooputh, S. D. D. V. and Ali Akour, M. and Henderson, J. B. and de Freitas, S. and Schrader, P. G. (2017) Academic domains as political battlegrounds: a global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology. Information Development, 33 (3). pp. 270-288. ISSN 0266-6669

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Abstract

This article theorizes the functional relationship between the human components (i.e., scholars) and non-human components (i.e., structural configurations) of academic domains. It is organized around the following question: in what ways have scholars formed and been formed by the structural configurations of their academic domain? The article uses as a case study the academic domain of education and technology to examine this question. Its authorship approach is innovative, with a worldwide collection of academics (99 authors) collaborating to address the proposed question based on their reflections on daily social and academic practices. This collaboration followed a three-round process of contributions via email. Analysis of these scholars’ reflective accounts was carried out, and a theoretical proposition was established from this analysis. The proposition is of a mutual (yet not necessarily balanced) power (and therefore political) relationship between the human and non-human constituents of an academic realm, with the two shaping one another. One implication of this proposition is that these non-human elements exist as political ‘actors’, just like their human counterparts, having ‘agency’ – which they exercise over humans. This turns academic domains into political (functional or dysfunctional) ‘battlefields’ wherein both humans and non-humans engage in political activities and actions that form the identity of the academic domain.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:human components, academic domains
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:Education
ID Code:76287
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:30 Jun 2018 06:00
Last Modified:30 Jun 2018 06:00

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