The new edition of The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research retains the original effort of the first edition by focusing on research while capturing the leading edge of e-learning development and practice. Chapters focus on areas of development in e-learning technology, theory, practice, pedagogy and method of analysis. Covering the full extent of e-learning can be a challenge as developments and new features appear daily. The editors of this book meet this challenge by including contributions from leading researchers in areas that have gained a sufficient critical mass to provide reliable results and practices. The 25 chapters are organised into six key areas: 1. THEORY 2. LITERACY & LEARNING 3. METHODS & PERSPECTIVES 4. PEDAGOGY & PRACTICE 5. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM 6. FUTURES
Chapter 5: Posthumanism and Research in Digital Education
Posthumanism and Research in Digital Education
The group of ideas which cluster around the term ‘posthumanism’ have been highly generative, contentious and influential in multiple disciplines across the humanities and social sciences since the mid 1990s. While there is a growing body of literature in education which engages with the term, it is still under-considered given its influence in other areas of thought, and under-used in considerations of digital education in particular. Posthumanism is transdisciplinary and no single definition is uncontested. However, it is broadly concerned with drawing into question what we mean when we speak of ‘the human', at a moment when the philosophical foundations of humanism have been thoroughly critiqued, when ...