Induction into educational research networks: The striated and the smooth

N. Hodgson, P. Standish

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Educational research as an academic field can be understood as a network or group of networks and, therefore, to consist of interconnected nodes that structure the way the field operates and understands its purpose. This paper deals with the nature of the induction of postgraduate students into the network of educational research that takes place through research methods courses, the textual domain, the professional and social practices involved in collaboration, conferences and publication. The consideration of this in the light of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s (1988) writings on smooth and striated space problematises the notion of flows provided by Manuel Castells’ (1996) understanding of networks and, by resisting the dualist simplification in terms of which the field is often discussed, offers an alternative account of how the nature of thought and practice governs the route between nodes in the network. This enables consideration of the nature of thought in relation to academic practice in educational research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563–574
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2006


  • Educational research
  • Networks


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