Educational Research: Networks and Technologies

  • Paul Smeyers
  • Marc Depaepe

Part of the Educational Research: Networks and Technologies book series (EDRE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. David Bridges, Michael Watts
    Pages 15-32
  3. Goele Cornelissen, Maarten Simons, Jan Masschelein
    Pages 121-135
  4. Richard Smith
    Pages 163-175
  5. Frederik Herman, Marc Depaepe, Frank Simon, Angelo Van Gorp
    Pages 203-219
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-228

About this book


There have always been networks in the context of educational research as well as particular technologies. Yet recent developments in ICT have put their mark on contemporary education and on educational research and more in general on knowledge and understanding. Does the ‘network society’ and its supporting technologies constitute a thoroughly radical innovation in social practice? Does information technology poison the minds of the younger generation? Do educational institutions have to be transformed in order to effectively serve the needs of the twenty-first century? And what are the implications of these changes for educational research and for researchers themselves?

In this book distinguished philosophers and historians of education focus on the way ‘networks’ and ‘technologies’ characterize education and educational research nowadays. Attention is paid for instance to online networks as ‘spaces’ and ‘places’ that are changing research practices and relations, to the involvement of the researcher in the moral debate, but also to particular educational technologies such as the use of experts’ advice concerning Internet use, the American True Love Waits movement and the practice of punishment in schools.

"This groundbreaking book records the intellectual struggles of a diverse and distinguished group of scholars as they come to grips with the changes in knowledge production, and modes of research communication, engendered by contemporary information and communications technology. The book performs a major service in placing the phenomenon of networks - their potentialities and also their dangers - squarely on our intellectual agenda."

D.C. Phillips, Professor Emeritus of Education and Philosophy, Stanford University

"In this book, a rich array of international scholars in the philosophy and history of education address a pressing concern in contemporary educational research  and educational practice: the impact of information technology and networks.  The authors are strikingly successful, both in explicating the effects of these changes on both domains and in subverting these effects by pointing out the ironies and continuities lodged beneath technology's veneer of utility and novelty."

David F. Labaree, Professor of Education, Stanford University

This publication is realized by the Research Community (FWO-Vlaanderen / Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium) Philosophy and History of the Discipline of Education: Evaluation and Evolution of the Criteria for Educational Research. Also realized by the Research Community is Educational Research: Why "What Works" Doesn’t Work, which appeared in 2006.


Evaluation Philosophy of Education, ICT, educational research, history education educational research educational technology politics university

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Smeyers
    • 1
  • Marc Depaepe
    • 1
  1. 1.Universiteit Gent and Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium

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