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Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education

Technology, Research and Professional Learning

Constructing Intellectual Exchange in the Rise of Network Society

Authors: Zhang, Jingjing

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  • Clarifies the value of intellectual exchange in academic dialogue
  • Interprets the complex relationship between technology, research, and professor learning
  • Equips readers to understand how the use of technology potentially changes the nature of learning in academia  
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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.  

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Jingjing Zhang is Director of the Big Data Centre for Technology-mediated Education at Beijing Normal University. She holds a PhD from Oxford University and has also trained at the OECD in Paris and the UN in New York. Her early research in machine learning and information visualization has led her to analyze university curriculum structure. In the past few years, her research has involved collaboration with educationists, sociologists and anthropologists. This has modified her research interests, giving them a focus on social constructivism of learning in real-world settings. She collaborates with scientists to develop data mining techniques (e.g. complex networking analysis) to explore human relationships and activities online, particularly in the learning sciences. This includes the impact on learning and collaboration produced by using open educational resources (OERs), massive open online courses (MOOCs), and knowledge visualization.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Technology, Research and Professional Learning
Book Subtitle
Constructing Intellectual Exchange in the Rise of Network Society
Authors
Series Title
Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-0818-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-0818-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-0817-8
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4508-1
Series ISSN
2366-1658
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 150
Number of Illustrations
12 illustrations in colour
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