The academic special interest group (SIG) for Sociology of Education (SocEd) at Griffith University are involved in a “blogging in academia” experiment and this weblog is a record of the blog posts contributed to the experiment.

A key concern of the SIG is that sociology in education is losing its voice. The why in initial teacher education is quickly being eroded by the strength of the how. If we can’t effectively ask why education happens the way it does through the current structure of an initial education degree, then how do we cope with the highly mediated political punching bag that is the education profession and schooling?

There are many public social media communities discussing education practice but very few of these communities engage consistently with why we practice the way we do. This is a conversation that needs some promotion and the Griffith SocEd SIG would like to make a combined contribution.

This is a conversation that should empower educators rather than confuse. It should be to-the-point, with a take-home idea that inspires further thought. It should not be cynical and engage only with the common discourse of what is wrong with education, but provide ideas and galvanize people in the education industry to stand against the tide of media and political misinformation. I propose a blog can do this where an academic paper often struggles.

This blog will be a bunch of individual voices (including senior academics, doctoral candidates, researchers, teacher educators and teachers) writing about things which interest them and worry them about education. These posts will make grappling with the sociology of education more transparent. There will be no rhyme to the variety of posts but a common reason to problem solve why education is the way it is, what is good, and what can be done about the not so good.

Please be informed that by participating in the dialogue on this weblog you are contributing to a research project run by the Griffith University Sociology of Education special interest group. If your contribution is selected for use in a publication or conference presentation, you will be contacted directly for your permission.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact the weblog administration via this website or email n.barnes@griffith.edu.au


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