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Brave new platforms: a possible platform future for highly decentralised schoolin

Journal article
Authors Thomas Hillman
Annika Bergviken Rensfeldt
Jonas Ivarsson
Published in Learning, Media & Technology
ISSN 1743-9884
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Language en
Links https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/ful...
Keywords education, school, platforms, data colonialism, speculative approach
Subject categories Informatics, Educational Sciences

Abstract

Sweden has one of the most marketised and decentralised school systems in the world while also ranking amongst countries with the highest levels of access to technology in classrooms. Considering the increasingly central role that digital platforms play in the practices of schooling, this article speculates on what might happen during the 2020s in highly decentralised school systems like Sweden’s. Based on current trends in education, directions indicated by platformisation in other contexts and taking a critical speculative approach, it offers a discussion of what could happen to the practices of schooling and the public mission of education. This discussion is intended to raise important questions for researchers, educators and policy makers to consider as the platformisation of schooling unfolds.

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