Citation Fenwick T & Edwards R (2013) Performative ontologies: Sociomaterial approaches to researching adult education and lifelong learning. RELA: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 4 (1), pp. 49-63. https://doi.org/10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela0104
Abstract Sociomaterial approaches to researching education, such as those generated by actornetwork theory and complexity theory, have been growing in significance in recent years, both theoretically and methodologically. Such approaches are based upon a performative ontology rather than the more characteristic representational epistemology that informs much research. In this article, we outline certain aspects of sociomaterial sensibilities in researching education, and some of the uptakes on issues related to the education of adults. We further suggest some possibilities emerging for adult education and lifelong learning researchers from taking up such theories and methodologies.
Keywords Sociomaterial; actor-network theory; complexity theory; adult education; lifelong learning; Continuing education Great Britain; Continuing education Planning Great Britain.
Journal RELA: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults: Volume 4, Issue 1