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Postdigital Disconnects
The Discursive Formation of Technology in Education

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ISBN 9781032257723
March 22, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book employs a critical discourse ethnographic approach to map the production of social meaning in digital media in education, drawing on insights from Switzerland to unpack the disconnects which arise in thinking postdigitally and ways forward for rethinking sociocultural approaches.

Grounded in Foucault-influenced, linguistically-oriented discourse studies, the book calls attention to the ways in which educational discourse has increasingly promoted digital media as a means of justifying curriculum change. Using data from policy documents, participant observation and interviews, Mathier charts how this rhetoric manifests itself in the combination of top-down policies, on-the-ground implementation, and the lived experiences of students outside the classroom, and in turn, surfaces broader disconnects. The volume explores how digital education is increasingly shaped by platform capitalism, how young people’s experiences are disregarded in formal knowledge production, and how the prevalence of digital teaching and learning contributes to issues of access and inequality. Through a critical discursive approach, Mathier demonstrates the need for literacy practices in postdigital education to interrogate the ways in which digital media and education are entangled in lager sociopolitical practices.

This book will appeal to students and scholars in critical discourse studies, critical literacy studies, digital communication, education research, and linguistic ethnography.

Table of Contents

Table of contents


1 Introduction: The Discursive Formation of Technology in Education

Digital Media and/in Education

Objectives and Purpose of the Book

Education, Technology and Literacy

Education as Dispositif

The Discursive Formation of Technology and Youth

The Cultural Politics of Digital Literacy

Global Policies, Local Practices: Switzerland as a Case in Point

Methods: Crafting a Critical Discourse Ethnography

Positionality and Reflexivity

Overview of the Book

2 Rebooting Education: Technology and Learning in (Swiss) Policy Discourse

Introduction: Traveling Policies

Discourse, Technological Change and Education

Language, Digitalization and Social Change

Critical Pedagogy and Policymaking

Data and Case Study Design: Case Study 1

Policymaking and Policy Actors

Data Selection

Analytical Process

Analysis: How to Reboot Education

Framing a Neoliberal Imperative

Youth at Risk

Operationalizing Knowledge

Conclusion: Rebooting Education

3 Machines, not Learners? An Event Ethnography of "Technologies for Teaching and Learning"

Introduction: Enacting Development

The Business of Education

Commodification and Commercialization of the "Digital" in Education

Data and Case Study Design: Case Study 2

Studying Media Ideologies at an Educational Fair

Data Selection

Analytical Process

Analysis: Ideologies in Action

Exaggeration of Newness in the Classroom

Re-inscribing Conventional Teaching Practices

Stylizing Technology

Conclusion: Machines, not Learners

4 "Between a Rock and a Hard Place?" Teachers’ Discursive Constructions of Technological Change in the Classroom

Introduction: Teacher Bashing

ICT Integration in the Classroom

Data and Case Study Design: Case Study 3

Enacting Policy: Teacher Training and Teachers

Data Selection

Analytical Process

Analysis: Between Policy, Implementation and Classrooms

Between Policy and Implementation

Classroom Realities

Conclusion: Between Policy Fantasies and Classroom Realities

5 Wired Whizzes? Young People’s Digital Media Practices Outside the Classroom

Introduction: Young People and Digital Media

Data and Case Study Design: Case Study 4

Gaining Access to Schools

Data Selection

Analytical Process

Analysis: Young People on their own Digital Media Practices

Young People’s Communication Ideologies

Young People’s Accounts of their New/Social Media Practices

Young People’s Media Ecologies and Media Ideologies

Conclusion: Wired Whizzes?





6 "Just for fun"? Young People Articulating the Disconnects

Introduction: Discourses of Media and Computer Science Education

Data Selection

Experiencing the New Media and Computer Science Curriculum

Analytical Process

Analysis: Young People on Media Education and Coding

Evidence of Digital Media Literacies

Constructing Computer Science Education

The Classroom as a Site of Engagement

Conclusion: Young People on Education’s Disconnects

7 Conclusion: Postdigital Disconnects

Review: The Discursive Formation of Technology in Education

Besides Technology: Towards Radical Digital Education

Digital Education as Platform Capitalism

Digital Education and Disembodied Literacy

Digital Education and/as Materiality

Concluding Remarks: Postdigital Futures?

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Marion Mathier holds a PhD in Language and Communication from the University of Bern, Switzerland. Currently, she is working as a lecturer for second and third language learning at a teacher training college in Switzerland and preparing a postdoctoral research project on platform pedagogies.