1st Edition

Education Research and the Media Challenges and Possibilities

Edited By Aspa Baroutsis, Stewart Riddle, Pat Thomson Copyright 2019
    212 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Universities around the world now actively encourage academics to engage in public scholarship, publishing in traditional and new media – newspapers, television, radio, blogs and social media. Education Research and the Media addresses this situation, using empirical and reflexive accounts, to interrogate and advance the ways in which this shift is usually discussed.

    Drawing on Australian and international scholars and contexts, this edited collection probes the effects of these engagements. Taken together, the book offers new conceptualisations of the junctures and disjunctures of local, national and transnational mediascapes in education research, working across both traditional media and social media platforms. The book takes as its starting point that traditional national media, while still significant, are now embedded in practices and discourses that transcend geographic and spatial boundaries. Global media logics challenge the profitability and operations of media corporations, as the production of news and information is paradoxically both democratised and fragmented.

    There is a limited body of research about how this mediatised landscape impacts on public scholarship. This is the first book in the field of education to systematically investigate this landscape, using empirical examples and analysis, as well as a range of theoretical and conceptual approaches.

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    About this Book

    Chapter 1. Mapping the Field of Education Research and Media Aspa Baroutsis

    Part I: Conducting Education Research with Traditional and Social Media

    Chapter 2. Headlines and Hashtags Herald New ‘Damaging Effects’: Media and Australia’s Declining PISA Performance Aspa Baroutsis and Bob Lingard

    Chapter 3. Televising the Revolution? #RevolutionSchool and Representations of Education Across Traditional and Social Media Nicole Mockler

    Chapter 4. Re-Mattering Media Affects: Pedagogical Interference into Pre-Emptive Counter Terrorism Culture Shiva Zarabadi and Jessica Ringrose

    Chapter 5. Examining Media Discourses of Diversity and ‘Indoctrination’: Public Perceptions of the Intended Screening of Gayby Baby in Schools Michelle Jeffries

    Part II: Communicating Education Research Using Traditional and Social Media

    Chapter 6. Entering the Political Fray: The Role of Public Education Scholars in Media Debates Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin and Cynthia Reyes

    Chapter 7. Who Speaks for Teachers? Social Media and Teacher Voice Pat Thomson and Stewart Riddle

    Chapter 8. Muddling Through with the Media: Lessons from the Introduction of Kiwi Standards Martin Thrupp

    Chapter 9. Tweet the 'Phallic Teacher': Early Career Feminist Education Research, Altmetrics and Alternative Peer Review Lucinda McKnight and Linda Graham

    Chapter 10. Scholarship of the Cyborg: Productivities and Undercurrents Deborah M. Netolicky and Naomi Barnes

    Chapter 11. Concluding Thoughts, Provocations And Speculations on Education Research and Media Aspa Baroutsis, Pat Thomson and Stewart Riddle

    List of Contributors



    Aspa Baroutsis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Griffith University, Australia. Her research interests include social justice and education; education policy and mediatisation; teachers’ work and identity; and children’s voice and agency. Her most recent publication is about media mentalities and logics in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.

    Stewart Riddle is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. His research interests include social justice and equity in education, music-based research practices and research methodologies.

    Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham. Her research agenda is to further understandings about and practices of socially just pedagogies in schools and communities; she often focuses inquiry on the arts and alternative education. She writes, blogs and tweets about academic writing and doctoral education on patthomson.net