1st Edition

World Yearbook of Education 2024 Digitalisation of Education in the Era of Algorithms, Automation and Artificial Intelligence

Edited By Ben Williamson, Janja Komljenovic, Kalervo Gulson Copyright 2024
    326 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Providing a comprehensive, global overview of the digitalisation of education, the World Yearbook of Education 2024 examines the ways advanced digital technologies are transforming educational practices, institutions and policy processes.

    Establishing a critical research agenda for analysing the digitalisation of education, the carefully selected chapters in this collection interrogate the current impacts of new digital technologies, emerging controversies over emerging data practices and future implications of algorithmic systems, automated decision-making and AI in education. Organised into four sections, the contributions in the collection examine the following:

    • The historical, scientific and technical foundations of contemporary digitalisation in education
    • The political and economic dynamics that underpin the education technology industry and new platform models of education

    • How algorithms, automation and AI support new modes of data-driven governance and control of education systems

    • Controversies over the inequitable effects of digitalisation in education, and proposals for data justice, ethics and regulation

    This resource is ideal reading for researchers, students, educational practitioners and policy officials interested in understanding the future of digital technologies in education.

    1. Introduction: digitalisation of education in the era of algorithms, automation and artificial intelligence Ben Williamson, Janja Komljenovic and Kalervo N. Gulson  Part I: Sociotechnical foundations  2. Theoretical foundations and historical roots of the ‘automated classroom’Barbara Hof  3. AI and lifelong learning: a genealogical approach to the analysis of educational imaginaries and problematisations Lina Rahm  4. Natural language generation and the automation of pedagogical communication Carlo Perrotta  5. Educational vanishing points: when interoperable platforms turn infrastructural and back in higher education Lanze Vanermen, Joris Vlieghe and Mathias Decuypere  Part II: Political economy  6. How platformisation affects pedagogical autonomy in primary schools Niels Kerssens and José van Dijck  7. The relational powers of platforms and infrastructures played out in school: differences and implications for teacher work Annika Bergviken Rensfeldt and Thomas Hillman  8. Assetisation of higher education’s digital disruption Janja Komljenovic, Sam Sellar, Kean Birch and Morten Hansen  9. AI-shaped hole: anticipation regimes and liminal policy rationalities Hemy Ramiel and Gideon Dishon  10. A political economy of AI and education in China Jeremy Knox  Part III: Digital governance  11. Platforming PISA: the OECD as a mobile governance actor in global education Steven Lewis  12. Digital literacies as a ‘soft power’ of educational governance Luci Pangrazio and Julian Sefton-Green  13. After digital literacy: media pedagogies for platform ecologies T. Philip Nichols, Robert Jean LeBlanc and Antero Garcia  14. Social media’s education grab: philanthrocapitalism, data centres and the metaverse vision of education Austin Pickup and Jessica Heybach  Part IV: Design and justice  15.Algorithmic bias and discrimination through digitalisation in education: a socio-technical view Rebecca Eynon  16.Digitalisation of education in the era of climate collapse and planetary breakdown Neil Selwyn  17.The EdTech Stack: a speculative design thought experiment Teresa Swist  18. Design justice and educational technology: designing in the fissures Felicitas Macgilchrist


    Ben Williamson is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, UK.

    Janja Komljenovic is a senior lecturer and the director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation at Lancaster University, UK.

    Kalervo N. Gulson is a professor in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia.