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Towards equity-focused EdTech
A socio-technical approach


Jan 2022 – June 2023

Reviewing the existing research evidence

We will carry out a systematic review of existing academic literature and an analysis of England and UK policy around EdTech and inequity.

July – Sept 2023

Mapping the EdTech landscape

Based on the EdTech being used in our partner schools, we will explore the political, ethical, motivational and infrastructural histories and future trajectories of the technologies commonly used in secondary education.

Sept 2023 – July 2024

Ethnography Phase 1

Members of the research team will conduct ethnographic research in partner schools to explore these key questions:

  • how varied digital technologies are used inside and outside the classroom;
  • how the use of such EdTech systems influences teacher student relationships;
  • the inbuilt biases and underpinning values promoted by such technologies; and
  • how access to EdTech and its uses varies across contexts and circumstances.

School recruitment

We are currently inviting secondary schools across England to participate in the study.

July – Aug 2024

OER development

We will create set of Open Educational Resource materials specifically for EdTech developers and data scientists working in education (from industry but also academia and the third sector), using insights from the first phase of empirical work. The purpose of these resources is to promote greater understanding amongst these groups of what education is, the contexts they are designing for, and how to conceptualise questions of equity.

Sept – Dec 2024

Ethnography Phase 2

We will conduct ethnography in the final schools during this phase, and data from across all ethnographies will be subject to further analysis.

Jan – April 2025

Futures workshops

We will build on the continued engagement with stakeholder groups and undertake participatory policy-practice workshops with social scientists, data scientists, EdTech companies, policy makers and teachers. They will be designed to promote debates about what future equity focused approaches to EdTech could look like.