Education and the European Digital Agenda

Switzerland, Germany and Sweden after 1970

The project

Technological issues are enjoying a boom in many areas of educational research and in education policies.

Historical perspectives, however, are still rare. Instead, research on “educational technologies” and “technology education” often works under the assumption that these are new problems without any historical conditions. This project can help develop a long-term perspective and consider its own research against the background of earlier attempts.

OUTLINE AND OBJECTIVES​

It is commonly assumed that the new information and communications technologies are a huge challenge for the traditional systems of public schooling, higher education and vocational education and training. This project is concerned with how this challenge has been met in Europe during the first decades after the microchip started restructuring businesses, administration and daily life. It reconstructs how the educational implications of technological change have been faced politically between 1970 and the end of the dotcom boom around 2000. The project focuses especially on the political initiatives regarding secondary schooling, vocational education and training, adult and higher education.

Team

Education and the European Digital Agenda

Switzerland, Germany and Sweden after 1970

Dr. Michael Geiss

project leader / main applicant

Dr. Rosalía Guerrero

postdoc researcher

Carmen Flury

postgraduate researcher

Barbara Hof

affiliated researcher

International Reference Group

Timeline

April 1, 2019

Start of the project

Familiarisation and preparatory work.

April 1, 2019

Autumn 2019

Initial meeting of international reference group.

Autumn 2019

July 1, 2019

Start initial on-site archive research.

July 1, 2019

Winter 2019

Workshop

Winter 2019

April 2020

Start archive research Europe and OECD.

April 2020

October 2020

Start archive research national and comparative studies.

October 2020

Summer 2021

Workshop

Summer 2021

Winter 2022

International conference

Winter 2022

News

March 7, 2019

Paper presentation at NERA 2019, Regulating an Uncertain Future: Technology and the Role of Education after 1970

February 14, 2019

Review, Joy Lisi Rankin, A People’s History of Computing in the United States

January 16, 2019

Review, Marie Hicks, Programmed Inequality

October 11, 2018

Publication of job advertisements.