Writing and thinking about qualitative research: 2017 reflection

For the last three years I’ve reflected on the year through what I have learnt researching and reading qualitative research. Each year I have organised the blog post by responding to a list of questions that were posed to Carolyn Ellis, Norman Denzin, Yvonna Lincoln, Janice Morse, Ronald Pelias, and Laurel Richardson. In 2015 I … Continue reading Writing and thinking about qualitative research: 2017 reflection

Bounded systems: Affordances and breakouts

Recently I was involved in  Edtech Talkfest where Erica Southgate, Rachel Buchanen from the University of Newcastle (UoN), Australia and I invited researchers and teachers to contribute to a festival of talking about the good stuff, the barriers to, and the worries about the implementation of educational technologies in schools. Held at UoN's NeW Space … Continue reading Bounded systems: Affordances and breakouts

20 thoughts on automating schooling.

Blogging as Inquiry


  1. It is not possible or economically, environmentally sustainable to generate enough data to process a value judgement about contextualised quality teaching. It’s easier to standardise education to generate data which shows quality.
  2. A “what works” agenda makes it easier to program pedagogy onto a computer.
  3. Standardised national curriculum makes it easier to program tasks onto a computer.
  4. Standardised testing makes it easier to program grading onto a computer.
  5. Computers are cheaper than teachers.
  6. Artificial intelligence is not going to take teacher’s jobs, human’s are – computer programmers.
  7. Computer programmers are not educated in understanding the social context of students.
  8. Computer programmers are often employed by private transnational companies (platforms) so if schooling is automated it is also most likely privatised.
  9. Platforms bank their money in tax havens, valorise the casualisation of the workforce, and are not easily regulated by governments.
  10. Tax havens mean governments are being squeezed in their ability…

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