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ERIC Number: EJ1022028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Seeing Red? The Agency of Computer Software in the Production and Management of Students' School Absences
Bodén, Linnea
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v26 n9 p1117-1131 2013
An increasing number of Swedish municipalities use digital software to manage the registration of students' school absences. The software is regarded as a problem-solving tool to make registration more efficient, but its effects on the educational setting have been largely neglected. Focusing on an event with two students from a class of 11-year-olds, the aim of the paper is to explore schools' common uses of computer software for registering absence in order to understand how materialities--like the software--are entangled with the production of school absence. In the paper, the Deleuzio-Guattarian concept of the "assemblage" is put to work within a feminist relational materialist framework. This enables an understanding of the complexity of school absence, where materialities of the educational setting are theorized as entangled with social and gendered discursive components.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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