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

International Reference Group

Barbara Hof

affiliated researcher

Dr. Lina Rahm

affiliated researcher

Timeline

April 1, 2019

Start of the project

Familiarisation and preparatory work.

April 1, 2019

July 8, 2019

Workshop individual projects with Céline Angehrn.

July 8, 2019

Autumn 2019

Start initial on-site archive research.

Autumn 2019

February 6, 2020

Initial meeting international reference group.

February 6, 2020

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

October 16, 2019

Carmen Flury won the University of Zurich Semester Award for her MA thesis on higher education policy discourse in Switzerland in the 1970’s.

May 27, 2019

Barbara Emma Hof received the ISCHE Early Career Paper Award for her article “The Turtle, the Mouse, and the Invention of Constructivist Learning Theory”.

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

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