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Education Research and the Media

Challenges and Possibilities

Edited by Stewart Riddle, Aspa Baroutsis, Pat Thomson

© 2018 – Routledge

170 pages

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Scholarly articles and books are no longer the primary focus for educational researchers, as they are increasingly encouraged to publish in traditional and new media – newspapers, television, radio, blogs and social media. How does this mediatised landscape impact on scholarly endeavours? What are the pitfalls and possibilities of public scholarship? Using empirical examples and analysis, as well as a range of theoretical and conceptual approaches, this book systematically investigates the transnational mediascapes in which educational researchers are now working and the influence this has on global educational policies and politics and the rise of anti-expert rhetoric.

Table of Contents


  1. Education research in a time of transnational media: Trolls, tribulations and testimony; Aspa Baroutsis, Pat Thomson, and Stewart Riddle
  2. Part I: Media logic and the construction of education in crisis

  3. Entering the political fray: The role of public education scholars in media debates; Cynthia Reyes and Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin
  4. Dirty politics and educational research: The case of national standards in New Zealand; Martin Thrupp
  5. PISA performance and declining standards: Emphasising quality and neglecting equity; Aspa Baroutsis and Bob Lingard
  6. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised? #RevolutionSchool and representations of education crisis and reform across traditional and social media; Nicole Mockler
  7. "You’re just an educationalist": The (social) mediatisation of the deepening university-school divide in England and beyond; Pat Thomson and Stewart Riddle
  8. Part II: Constructing identities and difference

  9. Tweet "The phallic teacher": Feminist early career research in a neoliberal imaginary; Linda McKnight and Linda J. Graham
  10. Waging a war on ‘difference’: A critical analysis of online public commentary relating to the inclusion of sexuality-diverse families in the school curriculum; Michelle Jeffries
  11. The cartography of Muslim schoolgirls’ femininity and the haptic-optic media materialisation in an age of counter-terrorism; Shiva Zarabadi
  12. Cyborg scholarship: Fusion of technologies and academic identities; Deborah Netolicky and Naomi Barnes
  13. Conclusion

  14. That’s a wrap!; Aspa Baroutsis, Pat Thomson, and Stewart Riddle

About the Editors

Stewart Riddle is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Aspa Baroutsis is a Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Pat Thomson is a Research Professor at The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

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