Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Placing the spotlight on digital education aid

QUALITY ALTERNATIVE OR ALTERNATIVE GUISE?

30 March 2017

A Comparative and International Education research network (CoInEd) seminar

Enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in low-income countries has been a vexing global policy issue, in terms of both effectiveness and efficiency. Open education has attracted recent interest from the development community because of its potential to provide a quality alternative to face-to-face education. Yet, despite strong support for its advancement, little consideration has been given to the political, economic and cultural agendas that have justified its widespread implementation. This presentation draws on a "Critical, Cultural Political Economy of Education" (CCPEE) approach to challenge assumptions about the neutrality of open education as a viable form of digital education aid.

Using a case study of one intergovernmental organisation, this presentation considers the interplay of policy narratives, global actors, global partnerships and pedagogic discourse that have justified open education as a legitimate form of digital education aid. It shows how the intertextuality of digital documents at macro (policy) and micro (curricular) levels instruct, inform and influence the actions of teachers and students through open-education programs. In doing so, it draws attention to unquestioned and unchallenged economic, political and cultural agendas that have advanced its implementation. This presentation demonstrates how digital education aid has the potential to reproduce rather than reduce educational inequalities in low-income countries.

Event details

  • When: 2.30–4pm

  • Where: Room 726, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Yeow-Tong Chia.

  • Contact: Dr Yeow Tong Chia
    T: +61 2 9351 5027
    E: yeowtong.chia@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Donella Cobb is a lecturer in Te Hononga School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at The University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Donella began her career as a primary school teacher and she has held teaching and school-leadership positions in New Zealand, England and Australia. Her involvement with teacher education in Rwanda fostered her interest in culturally responsive pedagogy, global-education policy and the role of aid and development in education. Donella's research explores the political economy of education and the intersection between pedagogy, digital education aid and international education policy. Donella was the recipient of the 2015 University of Waikato Teaching Excellence Award and the 2012 University of Auckland Critical Studies in Education doctoral award.

Placing the spotlight on digital education aid

Where Room 726, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

30 March 2017


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