The 2023 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Concept Note on Technology and Education: A Joint Response from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research in Digital Education and Comparative Education and International Development (CEID) Research Group

Sian Bayne, Michael Gallagher, Sotiria Grek, Juan-Jose Miranda, William C. Smith, June Xu, Shrikant Wad, Ben Williamson

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Abstract

Technology can play a positive, neutral, and detrimental role in education. This more balanced recognition of the possibilities of technology seems largely absent in the GEM Report Concept Note. If the structure of the full report follows that of the Concept Note, readers may quickly conclude that technology is the solution to all things. Even attempts to recognize the context dependent nature of outcomes can be interpreted that the benefits of technology are certain, if we just get the conditions right. This largely overlooks embedded challenges in education that cannot be resolved through the application of technology. In our response to the GEM Report Concept Note we hope to elevate issues and concerns that will better balance the discussion on education and technology. To this end our response starts by considering alternative questions that highlight stubborn educational challenges in which technology may not be the solution before addressing two of the five questions explicitly laid out in the concept note. Recognizing the importance of bottom-up, community- led education, our response ends with an example of country push back against the largely global, commercial forces driving the current state of technology and education.
Original languageEnglish
TypeResponse to GEM 2023 Report Concept Note on Technology and Education
Media of outputReport
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameGlobal Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Concept Note on Technology and Education

Keywords

  • Global Education Monitoring
  • GEM
  • technology
  • education
  • digital education
  • concept note

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