A/Prof Kal Gulson recently awarded Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant

12 Jul 2018

A/Prof Kal Gulson is part of a recently awarded Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. Details as follows:

Project title: The education of, and by, machines: The impact of Artificial Intelligence on education policy

Project team: P. Taylor Webb (University of British Columbia); Kalervo N. Gulson (UNSW); Sam Sellar (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK).

Funding: CAN$129,696

Duration: 2018-2021

Project description:

Performance data are crucial for education policy-making, and the use of data is increasingly being supported by the development of artificial intelligence (AI). AI, or 'machinic thinking', automates data analysis through abilities to learn from data without being programmed to do so. While in its early stages, AI uses algorithms to provide policy recommendations, for example, predictions about student groups who will not achieve Grade 3 reading proficiency. The working proposition of this project is that AI is translated according to the political, social, and institutional characteristics of different places, resulting in uneven trajectories of educational policy-making. This study focuses on the interactions between AI and schooling systems located in Canada, Australia, the UK, and USA. These policy locales constitute, and are constituted by, emerging modes of network governance in education that are beginning to use the autonomous calculation of numbers and performance.