On Sociomateriality

Sociomateriality welcomes responsible researchers. Please proceed with extreme caution. What’s in a word? Sociomateriality advances the view that organisations, work, people and technology should be conceptualised as being inherently inseparable, rather than the once “taken-for-granted assumption” of separate entities (Orlikowski & Scott, 2008, p. 434). The term came to prominence after 2007, appearing in journals […]

Professional Learning: A Definition in Progress

My EdD thesis has the tentative title of The Professional Learning of Academics in Higher Education: A Sociomaterial Perspective. The title tips its hat towards an earlier study by Knight, Tait and Yorke (2006). It is not a simple case of just replacing ‘teachers’ with ‘academics’. There is an important point to be made here, […]

A Pilgrim’s Progress Report #1

But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange (Shakespeare, 1610, The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2) I was originally going to call this blog post Xenophobia, as in an irrational fear or dislike of the unknown. Unfortunately, it has since become a highly emotive word to describe certain discriminatory practices and inflammatory language. […]