Information and Communication Technologies as Educational Research Participants

ID: 20315 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Catherine Adams and Terrie-Lynn Thompson, University of Alberta, Canada

Tuesday, October 16 3:25-3:45 PM Location: Room 205 A

Presider: Denise De Vito, University of Arizona South, United States

Abstract: In this paper, we explore the inclusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as key research participants when investigating 21st century learning environments. We ask: how do we bring to inquiry the high-technology artefacts supporting and reforming today’s teaching and learning practices, pedagogical relations with students, and ways of interpreting and inscribing the world? How might we begin to “trace the contingent simultaneity of intentions, decisions, affordances, interpretations, uses, codes, programmes…to reveal the nexus that co-constitutes the ethico-political site of technology” (Introna, 2006)? Drawing on insights from Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) and hermeneutic phenomenology, we describe a set of methodological heuristics to assist in “interviewing” ICTs, tracing and disclosing our educational involvements with these high-technology things.


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