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Algorithmic Cultures

A new publication by Fran Tracy and myself exploring semantic web technologies, enhanced publications and student assessments through the theoretical lens of Ted Striphas’ ‘Algorithmic Cultures’.  Here’s the abstract:

Disrupting the dissertation: Linked data, enhanced publication and algorithmic culture

This article explores how the three aspects of Striphas’ notion of algorithmic culture (information, crowds and algorithms) might influence and potentially disrupt established educational practices. We draw on our experience of introducing semantic web and linked data technologies into higher education settings, focussing on extended student writing activities such as dissertations and projects, and drawing in particular on our experiences related to undergraduate archaeology dissertations. The potential for linked data to be incorporated into electronic texts, including academic publications, has already been described, but these accounts have highlighted opportunities to enhance research integrity and interactivity, rather than considering their potential creatively to disrupt existing academic practices. We discuss how the changing relationships between subject content and practices, teachers, learners and wider publics both in this particular algorithmic culture, and more generally, offer new opportunities; but also how the unpredictability of crowds, the variable nature and quality of data, and the often hidden power of algorithms, introduce new pedagogical challenges and opportunities.

Read the article here: https://doi.org/10.1177/2042753017731356

Quality in Early Years

eybookThe book “Quality in Early Years”, to which I was a contributor, has now been published by McGraw-Hill. The book discusses government policy and educational research related to the day-to-day challenges facing those who work in early years settings. Each chapter has reflection points and practical activities designed to encourage Early Years professionals to question existing practice and develop their own understandings of quality.

I contributed several chapters: on frameworks and standards (jointly with Emma Slaughter); on international perspectives on quality in early years; and on research.

You can read more about the book and order copies here: http://www.mheducation.co.uk/quality-in-the-early-years.