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Title: Academic domains as political battlegrounds: A global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology
Contributor(s): Al Lily, Abdulrahman E (author); Foland, Jed (author); Vlachopoulos, Dimitrios (author); Oni, Aderonke (author); Liu, Yuliang (author); Badosek, Radim (author); de la Madrid, Maria Cristina Lopez (author); Mazzoni, Elvis (author); Lee, Hwansoo (author); Kinley, Khamsum (author); Kalz, Marco (author); Sambuu, Uyanga (author); Stoloff, David (author); Bushnaq, Tatiana (author); Pinkwart, Niels (author); Adedokun-Shittu, Nafisat Afolake (author); Zander, Par-Ola Mikael (author); Oliver, Kevin (author); Pombo, Lucia Maria Teixeira (author); Sali, Jale Balaban (author); Gregory, Sue  (author)orcid ; Tobgay, Sonam (author); Joy, Mike (author); Gogus, Aytac (author); Elen, Jan (author); Jwaifell, Mustafa Odeh Helal (author); Said, Mohd Nihra Haruzuan Mohamad (author); Al-Saggaf, Yeslam (author); Naaji, Antoanela (author); White, Julie (author); Jordan, Kathy (author); Gerstein, Jackie (author); Yapici, Ibrahim Umit (author); Sanga, Camilius (author); Erguvan, Inan Deniz (author); Nleya, Paul T (author); Sbihi, Boubker (author); Lucas, Margarida Rocha (author); Mbarika, Victor (author); Reiners, Torsten (author); Schon, Sandra (author); Sujo-Montes, Laura (author); Santally, Mohammad (author); Hakkinen, Paivi (author); Saif, Abdulkarim Al (author); Awshar, Mapotse Tome (author); Gegenfurtner, Andreas (author); Schatz, Steven (author); Vigil, Virginia Padilla (author); Tannahill, Catherine (author); Partida, Siria Padilla (author); Zhang, Zuochen (author); Charalambous, Kyriacos (author); Moreira, Antonio (author); Coto, Mayela (author); Laxman, Kumar (author); Tondeur, Jo (author); Farley, Helen Sara (author); Gumbo, Mishack T (author); Simsek, Ali (author); Ramganesh, E (author); Birzina, Rita (author); Player-Koro, Catarina (author); Dumbraveanu, Roza (author); Ziphorah, Mmankoko (author); Mohamudally, Nawaz (author); Thomas, Sarah (author); Hammond, Michael (author); Romero, Margarida (author); Nirmala, Mungamuru (author); Cifuentes, Lauren (author); Osaily, Raja Zuhair Khaled (author); Omoogun, Ajayi Clemency (author); Seferoglu, S Sadi (author); Elci, Alev (author); Edyburn, Dave (author); Moudgalya, Kannan (author); Ebner, Martin (author); Venter, Isabella M (author); Bottino, Rosa (author); Khoo, Elaine (author); Pedro, Luis (author); Buarki, Hanadi (author); Roman-Odio, Clara (author); Qureshi, Ijaz A (author); Khan, Mahbub Ahsan (author); Thornthwaite, Carrie (author); Kerimkulova, Sulushash (author); Downes, Toni (author); Jerry, Paul (author); Malmi, Lauri (author); Bardakci, Salih (author); Itmazi, Jamil (author); Rogers, Jim (author); Rughooputh, Soonil D D V (author); Akour, Mohammed Ali (author); Henderson, J Bryan (author); de Freitas, Sarah (author); Schrader, P G (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1177/0266666916646415
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Abstract: This article theorizes the functional relationship between the human components (i.e., scholars) and non-human components (i.e., structural configurations) of academic domains. It is organized around the following question: in what ways have scholars formed and been formed by the structural configurations of their academic domain? The article uses as a case study the academic domain of education and technology to examine this question. Its authorship approach is innovative, with a worldwide collection of academics (99 authors) collaborating to address the proposed question based on their reflections on daily social and academic practices. This collaboration followed a three-round process of contributions via email. Analysis of these scholars' reflective accounts was carried out, and a theoretical proposition was established from this analysis. The proposition is of a mutual (yet not necessarily balanced) power (and therefore political) relationship between the human and non-human constituents of an academic realm, with the two shaping one another. One implication of this proposition is that these non-human elements exist as political 'actors', just like their human counterparts, having 'agency' - which they exercise over humans. This turns academic domains into political (functional or dysfunctional) 'battlefields' wherein both humans and non-humans engage in political activities and actions that form the identity of the academic domain.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Information Development, 33(3), p. 270-288
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0266-6669
Field of Research (FOR): 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130103 Higher Education
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930201 Pedagogy
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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