In a context of accelerated technical, economic, and socio-cultural mutations, the production of gray literature on education and ICT has been continuously increasing over the last dozen years. While there are many publications of an ideological nature, research works of a scientific nature are rather rare. There exists therefore a need to study more methodically the conditions, modalities, and consequences of ICT integration on institutions and the practices and uses of the many actors involved. For this reason, the topics addressed by the E-pathie Program aim to redefine an integrated approach to training in the higher learning sector by combining three levels of analysis, which are ordinarily separated: institutions and their political orientations through time, socio-technical means proposed for training purposes, and the actual means of action of individuals using these methods.
- The first level, or axe 1, “Institutions and Politics,” attempts to understand the transformations of the institution seen as a social space in perpetual (re)construction due to the interplay between networks of actors.
- The second level, or axe 2, “Means and Instrumentations”, concerns the analysis of training environments conceived as the end-result of the methodical and evolving organizations of human, technical, and symbolic mediators through heterogeneous spaces and temporalities.
- The third level, or axe 3, “Actors’ Itineraries, Experiences, and Activities” focuses the work on the actual, intended, and positioned individual actors, who carry out ground-level work on activities specific to the various levels of training.
This group crosses two logics: the network logic and the project logic. A steering committee, composed of directors of the various ongoing projects, ensures the coordination of researchers according to the three axes defined above and on the regional, national, and international levels. Researchers are hired by agreement for the duration of each project. A doctoral workshop addressing the same themes brings together doctoral candidates and young researchers working on subjects on the national and international level.
This analytical breakdown is a tribute to Hypatia of Alexandria (4th century A.D.), one of the first women whose theoretical works survived the test of time. Her research in mathematics and philosophy emphasized a transdisciplinary approach that our work seeks to integrate. It is also an asynchronic reference to the latest technological wave, which, like its predecessors, was too quick to settle questions pertaining to education.
- Brigitte Albero, Université de Rennes 2
- Françoise Thibault, FMSH
- Monique Linard, scientific advisory role, Professor Emeritus, Université de Paris 10
Director of Scientific Communication:
- Nathalie Roques