Category: PhD Reflections

Sociomateriality

In educational research it is important to explicate the relationship between digital technologies, their environments, and human behaviour (whether this be literacy practices, pedagogies, etc.). Since we are set to face an ever more digitised future with the growing popularisation of ebooks, augmented reality, game-based learning, and gesture-based […]

Pierre Bourdieu’s analysis

In praise of … Pierre Bourdieu Pierre Bourdieu’s analysis of the role of education in the reproduction of social inequality challenges Nick Clegg’s belief that he was “lucky” in life. Luck, says the French sociologist, has nothing to do with it. In his seminal work entitled ‘Outline of […]

Ethnographic inquiry

I’m hoping to start a pilot for my classroom ethnographic study very soon, and Heath and Street’s primer has been an excellent guide to preparation for an ethnographic study. Whilst my pilot will be a ‘light touch’ version of my doctoral study, it is important for me to […]

Actor-Network Theory

If we take the view that the tools we use for certain actions do not simply facilitate them, but they ultimately transform them in a mutually constitutive way, then the study of one (actor) necessitates the study of the other (actor). As such, an approach known as Actor […]