PROJECT UPDATE #7

by | 1st March 2021 | Project Update, The Turing Way

I thought I would keep this month’s project update brief, focusing on a few highlights to offer an idea of where the project is headed next. Good news is that we’re still on track. Much of the WP1 Horizon scan is complete (global). We are now starting to focus on country specific insights and have begun collecting and starting to review policy documents specific to education and technology. As of this month, Hayford will be offering updates about our research in Ghana. These short posts will be made on the 15th of every month.

Last month’s project update seems to have been well received, especially in regards to the use of biopolitics as a way of making critical sense of AI in education, of being able to identify relationships of power. So thank you. There has also been interest in the tools that I am using to do critical discourse analysis. I will be elaborating on this a little more in a paper that is close-to-complete.

Relatedly, I’ve just read a Dryzeck (1982) article which offers insights into how hermeneutics might be used for policy analysis. Unless I am mistaken, a central claim of the article is that there are multiple ways people can interpret words / texts, which also applies to interpretations of policies. To design ‘good’ policy, then, it is necessary to take into account diverse interpretations and understandings. The question is how?

 

 

Some exciting news is that Hayford and I attended our first The Turing Way online Collaboration Café. There is a lot to learn and we are so far enjoying the process. I recommend that you visit the website which offers more information about this initiative should you be interested in participating:

What? The Turing Way is a lightly opinionated guide to reproducible data science and research.

This Collaboration Cafe aims to engage with researchers interested in learning and sharing more about this topic in an online book: https://the-turing-way.netlify.com

Who? Everyone interested in reproducible, ethical, and inclusive data science and research are welcome to join the full or any part of The Turing Way project, community, and/or this call.

The Turing Way: turing.ac.uk

 

As well as trying to obtain a clearer understanding of what artificial intelligence in education is, my intention is to next start unpacking what fair means. I have been discussing the large scale survey with our project partners at the University of Cape Coast. We intend to work on developing this instrument during the coming month. I am also thinking about field work in Ghana, but am constrained to the UK until it is safe to travel.

I’d like to end this month’s update here as there is not more to tell. Please keep an eye out for Hayford’s blog about Ghana. Till next time, be well.

Regards,

Selena

 

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References

Dryzeck, J. (1982). Policy analysis as a hermeneutic activity. Policy Sciences, 14, 309-329.

 

 

Selena Nemorin

Selena Nemorin

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Dr Selena Nemorin is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and lecturer in sociology of digital technology at the University College London, Department of Culture, Communication and Media. Selena’s research focuses on critical theories of technology, surveillance studies, tech ethics, and youth and future media/technologies. Her past work includes research projects that have examined AI, IoT and ethics, the uses of new technologies in digital schools, educational equity and inclusion, as well as human rights policies and procedures in post-secondary institutions.

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