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Salomão Filho, Alfredo; Kamp, Annelies – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
Social capital is a puzzling actor; made "real" by its allies. It has been 'out-there' in the form of scientific publications for decades. Although some characteristics are common to all elaborations of this theory (networks, trust, and norms), there remains confusion in determining a 'coherent concept' of social capital. In this paper,…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Student Mobility, Role, International Education
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Saari, Antti – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
Although often labelled obsolete and ethically dubious, twentieth-century behaviourist principles of learning have been central to the development of instructional technology and the design of modern learning environments. Using Andrew Pickering's philosophy, this article addresses behaviourism as a mangle of practice to highlight the conceptual…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Behaviorism, Educational Philosophy, Learning Theories
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Chang, Ethan – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
Contrary to educational policy and research assumptions about an immanent 'twenty-first century' future, this article uses the concept of 'sociotechnical imaginaries' to trace how nonprofit actors in California invented and materialized distinctive visions of educational progress. Drawing on interview and ethnographic fieldnote data, I illustrate…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Nonprofit Organizations
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Ratner, Helene – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
Drawing on science and technology studies (STS), this article explores information practices around children deemed to be 'at risk'. Risk is not a self-evident epistemic object. Different professional instructions mobilize the concept of context to emphasize the partiality and contingency of descriptions of 'risk'. This article develops the…
Descriptors: Children, At Risk Students, Agency Cooperation, Foreign Countries
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Sjödin, Elin Sundström – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
There have been increasing demands to improve Swedish children's reading habits, triggered by poor PISA results in 2013, and public healthcare has stepped in as a strong reading-promoting actor. Drawing on the emerging field of valuation research in STS, the paper explores the values enacted in health-related information brochures about reading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Habits, Public Health, Books
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Elam, Mark; Solli, Anne; Mäkitalo, Åsa – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
What are the current challenges and opportunities for bringing actor-network theory (ANT) into issues-based science education? This article discusses experiences gained from introducing an educational version of ANT deploying digital technology into an upper secondary school science class. This teaching innovation, called "controversy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science and Society, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Concept Mapping
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Høvsgaard Maguire, Laura – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
Algorithmic practices are becoming increasingly more central within educational governance. By focusing on the mechanisms of a particular algorithmic testing system in Denmark, this paper highlights how such practices are implicated in the emergence of new accountability infrastructures. It adopts an STS approach drawing specifically upon Michel…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Foreign Countries, Accountability, National Competency Tests
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Mulcahy, Dianne – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
This paper examines the critical contribution that affects as "bodily" capacities to act, engage and connect can make to children's learning in museums and schools. Drawing chiefly on empirical material collected over the course of visits by school children to Museums Victoria, Australia, and bringing a sociomaterial sensibility to bear,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Politics of Education, Museums, Instruction
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Maxwell, Claire; Yemini, Miri – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
In this study, we explore how different forms of family mobility shape parental education strategies of three middle-class groups (moored Israeli professionals, immigrants from Israel to the UK and global middle class Israeli families). By focusing on families from the same nationality, we show how different practices of mobility differentiate…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Immigrants, Professional Personnel, Global Approach
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Tarc, Paul; Mishra Tarc, Aparna; Wu, Xi – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
This exploratory study on the global middle class (GMC) examines three representative experiences of the tens of thousands of Anglo-Western international schoolteachers (ISTs), who teach in private, K-12, English-immersion international schools for extended periods of time. The notion of GMC provokes consideration of social class making and forms…
Descriptors: Whites, Foreign Workers, Western Civilization, Global Approach
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Wright, Ewan; Lee, Moosung – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
This research investigated educational pathways into a Global Middle Class characterised by professional or managerial careers and cosmopolitan sensibilities. The focus was International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) alumni with upper-middle-class backgrounds at 'world-class' universities in Hong Kong. The first objective was to…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Advanced Placement Programs, Reputation, Universities
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Adams, Megan; Agbenyega, Joseph – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
This paper explores internationally mobile global middle class families (GMCF) in terms of how they rationalise moving away from their home country, select schools and reimagine their young children's futures in an international setting. Building on Appadurai's notion of 'the future as a cultural fact' and Anagnost's concept of 'life-making in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle Class, Mobility, School Choice
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Higginson, Joanne; McLeod, Julie; Rizvi, Fazal – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
Schooling has long been studied for its role in class formation and reproduction, Australian government secondary schools have also traditionally been associated with 'the local' and with 'nation building'. Some schools might now also be engaged with ideas of the 'the global' not only through policy practices and priorities, but also through the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Secondary Schools, Middle Class, Foreign Countries
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Windle, Joel; Maire, Quentin – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
The global middle class (GMC) is a theoretical construct that seeks to globalise a set of attributes identified in studies of school choice in the global north, and to a lesser extent in developing nations in Asia. As theorised by Ball a mobile middle class with cosmopolitan sensibilities drives international education options in global cities.…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Educational Strategies, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries
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Adhikary, Rino Wiseman – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
This review essay brings Megan E. Tompkins-Stange's 2016 book "Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence" into conversation with contemporary scholarship on philanthropic engagement in education policy. Rino Wiseman Adhikary writes in this review "Policy Patrons" presents an in-depth…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support
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