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Global Learn (Global Learn) 2011
March 28, 2011
Siew-Mee Barton, John Hedberg & Katsuaki Suzuki
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This paper presents actor-network theory (ANT) as a particular theoretical approach to investigate issues regarding the relationship between global students from South and Western institutions of Higher Education. It focuses more specifically on the socio-material nature of the various networks that students, teachers, course designers and artifacts make up within the realm of a global study program in a Norwegian institution. Technological artifacts, such as virtual learning environments, play a crucial role in those networks as they are central to the learning activities of the program. The authors argue that the use of ANT concepts such as negotiation, enrolment, alignment, inscription, translation, and blackboxing allow for a non-normative description of the field, and can therefore be useful in an interpretive empirical study.