Technology, Research and Professional Learning

Constructing Intellectual Exchange in the Rise of Network Society

  • Jingjing Zhang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Historical and Theoretical Accounts

  3. Scholars and Their Research Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Jingjing Zhang
      Pages 29-56
    3. Jingjing Zhang
      Pages 57-91
  4. Network Technology, Intellectual Exchange and Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Jingjing Zhang
      Pages 95-104
    3. Jingjing Zhang
      Pages 105-108
    4. Jingjing Zhang
      Pages 109-115
    5. Jingjing Zhang
      Pages 123-125
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 127-150

About this book


This book investigates the use of network technologies in research, and explores how such use potentially changes the nature of professional learning between academics. It attempts to situate the discussion of technology use in real-world research settings, to identify the different forms of participation in intellectual exchange embedded in academic dialogue, and to further contribute to knowledge on how the use of network technology potentially changes the nature of learning. Multiple data collection methods are employed, in two forms of study: a single case study, and a number of individual interviews. The single case study was carried out over a one-year period, and consisted of interviews (22 interviewees), observations, and document review. Individual semi-structured interviews were carried out over a similar period of time with a wider and different population of 24 academics from different Oxford faculties. Half of these were interviewed twice.The main findings presented in this book demonstrate that the direct consequences of technology use are changes to academic dialogue and scholarly communication in general. The change to this critical aspect of research – scholarly communication – has potentially led to more distributed research in interconnected research environments. It is the changes to scholarly communication and the research environment that consequently affect participation in intellectual exchange.  


Intellectual exchange Network Professional learning Research Scholarly communication Technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Jingjing Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Educational TechnologyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-0817-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0818-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-1658
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-1666
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