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Title: Learning and Teaching in the Ruins: Reassembling Innovation Debris After Grants Expire
Authors: Smirnov, Natalia
Keywords: Teaching and Teacher Learning
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Smirnov, N. (2020). Learning and Teaching in the Ruins: Reassembling Innovation Debris After Grants Expire. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 4 (pp. 2109-2116). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper draws on an ethnography of a civic journalism unit in an urban high school, originally designed as part of a larger technology integration intervention sponsored by several education innovation grants. While the research design aimed to document civic learning outcomes of the digitally-mediated curriculum, the data collection occurred after the external grants expired, leaving the teacher to conduct the unit without additional support. I describe the school as a liminal educational landscape, transitioning between contradictory trajectories of urban de-industrialization and market-based interventions, and characterized by a pervasive culture of precarity, negotiability, and vulnerability. I explore how these conditions interacted with technological innovation debris—digital devices and infrastructural remains of the intervention—to form shifting learning assemblages that occasionally cohered with the unit’s curricular virtualities, but often re-assembled into other technology-based activities relevant to the new cohort of students.
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