Technology main theme at NERA 2017

By on 02.04.2017 in Conferences

The 45th Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) took place in Copenhagen in March 2017. In total 25 educational research networks held individual symposiums with 700 participants involved. JustEd members gave 23 presentations and launched the brand new website www.nordgente.org where Nordic research in the fields of gender and education is gathered.

A theme that all the keynote speeches touched was technological considerations from a educational perspective. The first of the keynote speeches was given by Ben Williamson, University of Stirling, on big data and imaginary and algorithmic governance of education. He painted a picture of a futuristic classroom where children wore virtual reality headsets, in his talk Imaginaries and materialities of education data science.

This theme was picked up in the later keynote by Katherine Hayles of Duke University, entitled A New Mode of Orientation: Planetary Cognitive Ecologies. The last keynote speech, by Palle Damkjær Rasmussen of Aalborg University, Education and the Future of Society: Material and Social Dimensions, was a practical assessment of some of the wider considerations which had arisen during the course of the conference. Changes in society and technology are intertwined – one influences the other.

Venla Toivonen, Jenni Helakorpi and Ylva Odenbring launched the new website nordgente.org

Venla Tolvanen, Jenni Helakorpi and Ylva Odenbring launched the new website nordgente.org at NERA 2017. Read more about the website here.

 

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Many JustEd members participated in the congress.

 

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Professor Emerita Elina Lahelma reflects on 40 years of gender awareness in education in the Nordic countries.

 

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JustEd member Sandra Fylkenes presents her research on how teacher educators construct ‘cultural diversity’ and whiteness as othering.

 

JustEd member Anna Slotte is President of the NERA Board.

JustEd member Anna Slotte is President of the NERA Board.

 

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