Towards the critical study of digital data and education

Towards the critical study of digital data and education

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Author(s):
Neil Selwyn
Year of publication: 2014

binary_rainNeil Selwyn has a new article in Learning, Media & Technology looking at the growing role of digital data in education. The paper is the first output from the LNM research project on data and schools funded by the US Spencer Foundation. The paper outlines a framework for the critical study of digital data and education – highlighting a number of key issues that merit attention from researchers. These include issues of data inequalities, the role of data in managerialist modes of organisation and control, the rise of so-called ‘dataveillance’ and the reductionist nature of data-based representation. A pre-print version of the paper is available here.

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