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Performing Actor-Network Theory in the Post-Secondary Classroom

Performing Actor-Network Theory in the Post-Secondary Classroom
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Author(s): Andrea Quinlan (York University, Canada), Elizabeth Quinlan (University of Saskatchewan, Canada) and Desiree Nelson (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 11
Source title: Social and Professional Applications of Actor-Network Theory for Technology Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2166-4.ch005

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Abstract

Teaching innovative schools of thought call for innovative methods of instruction. This article investigates the challenges associated with teaching Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and proposes a creative pedagogical approach of ‘performing’ ANT in the classroom. This article presents a small case study of an instance where this theatrical method was employed in an undergraduate classroom to teach Annemarie Mol’s The Body Multiple. Based on the qualitative data collected from reflections of students and the professor, it investigates the successes of this creative pedagogical approach to teach ANT. This article argues that it is only through innovative teaching methods that ANT can be effectively explored in the classroom.

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