The Hidden Role of Software in Educational Research: Policy to Practice

The Hidden Role of Software in Educational Research: Policy to Practice

by Tom Liam Lynch


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Educational research often discounts the uniqueness and ubiquity of software and the hidden political, economic and epistemological ways it impacts teaching and learning in K-12 settings. Drawing on theories and methodologies from English education, critical discourse analysis, multimodal semiotics and digital humanities, this volume exposes the problems of technology in schools and refocuses the conversation on software. This shifting of focus invites more nuanced questions concerning the role of software in school reform and classroom instruction, and takes a critical stance on software's role in education.

This volume explores the ontology of software and the ways it is construed within educational policy discussions. It is beneficial to schools, companies, policy makers and practitioners seeking a more theoretical framework for technology in education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138807297
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/04/2015
Series: Routledge Research in Education Series
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tom Liam Lynch is Assistant Professor of Education Technology at Pace University. A former English teacher and schools official in New York City, Dr. Lynch has led online/blended learning programs for students as well as for teachers. His research sits at the intersection of literacy education, educational technologies, critical discourse analysis, and software studies. His publications appear in leading educational research journals, including the Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Changing English. Dr. Lynch also edits a column in English Journal called Soft(a)ware: Instructional Technologies in the English Classroom. Learn more at

Table of Contents

1: Silicon Bullets in New York 2: Introducing Software Studies 3: A Critical Imperative for Software Studies in Education 4: Methods | Texts, Pixels, and Clicks 5: Reimagined Research 6: Politicians’ Text Messages 7: Where the Machines Stops 8: Soft(a)wareness 9: Imagining Education After Software

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