1st Edition

Postdigital Disconnects The Discursive Formation of Technology in Education

By Marion Mathier Copyright 2023
    234 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 that arise in thinking postdigitally and ways forward for rethinking socio-cultural 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 larger socio-political practices.

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

    1. Introduction: The Discursive Formation of Technology in Education, 2. Rebooting Education: Technology and Learning in (Swiss) Policy Discourse, 3. Machines, Not Learners? An Event Ethnography of "Technologies for Teaching and Learning", 4. Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Teachers’ Discursive Constructions of Technological Change in the Classroom, 5. Wired Whizzes? Young People’s Digital Media Practices outside the Classroom, 6. "Just for Fun"? Young People Articulating the Disconnects, 7. Conclusion: Postdigital Disconnects



    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.