Educated Optimism

Educational futures, knowledge cultures, environmental, technological and social change

Talks, Publications etc…

Everything is organised under four broad headings: work on Universities and Community partnerships, reflections on co-production etc;  Educational Futures and Anticipation work; Learning Cities, lifelong and area based education; Sociology of Education and Technology (as well as some of the more experimental stuff from my time at Futurelab).  These all overlap and interconnect a little, so do scan the rest if you can’t find the publication you were looking for.


Here‘s a talk I gave at the Berlin Schools of Tomorrow Conference in May 2017 on how we reimagine curriculum in a context of radical uncertainty about the future. This session opened a 2 year project in which the Haus der Kulturen der Welt will be leading a national programme of educational reimagining across Germany, supported by their president. Interesting times….

This is a keynote on ‘Universities & the Future’ at the UNIKE Conference in Copenhagen in June 2016.  This is the Annual Oxford Education Lecture I gave on a similar topic – what are universities for? (which is also an expansion of the blog post on this site). This is a link to an audio file and slides from a talk at Edinburgh University working through the details of the Connected Communities programme and its implications for research quality and democracy. This is a link to a webinar conducted this year on the topic of educational futures. This is a link to a panel at the WISE Conference on the future of higher education.

Universities and Communities

Facer K and Enright, B (2016) Creating Living Knowledge: The Connected Communities Programme, Community-University Partnerships and the Participatory Turn in the Production of Knowledge, Bristol: University of Bristol/AHRC Connected Communities Programme

Facer K & Pahl, K (eds.) (2017) Understanding the Value of Collaborative Research: Theory, ethics and methods Bristol: Policy Press

Facer, K & Enright, B (2016) A question of purpose: engaged learning and the research mission of the University, in J. Sachs and L Clark (eds) Learning through Engagement: Vision and Practice in Higher Education, Springer

Enright, B and Facer, K (2016) Developing reflexive identities through collaborative, interdisciplinary and precarious work: The experience of early career researchers, Globalisation, Education and Society

Facer, K (2014) Beyond unbundling and elitism: a new future for the popular autonomous university? published as Más allá de la desagregación y el elitismo: ¿Un nuevo futuro para la universidad  autónoma popular? Gewerc, A. (Coord.). (2014). Conocimiento Tecnología y enseñanza. Políticas y prácticas universitarias. Barcelona: Grao. English version for translation available here.

Keynote on the future of universities, Engage Conference 2013, Bristol, December 2013

Educational Futures

Amsler, S and Facer, K (2017) Contesting Anticipatory Regimes in Education: exploring alternative educational orientations to the future, Futures, (online)

Facer, K (2017 forthcoming) Governing education through anticipation or… how to avoid being a useful idiot when talking about educational futures, in L.Rasmussen and I.D.Grosvenor (eds) Making Education: Governance by Design, Springer

Facer, K (2011) Learning Futures: Education, Technology and Social Change, London: Routledge

Facer, K (2016)  Using the Future in education: creating spaces for openness, hope and novelty in H Lees & N Noddings (eds) (2016) Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education, Palgrave Macmillan

Ulicsak M and Facer K  (2012) Educational Futures and Empowerment in L Rowan and C Bigum (eds) Future Proofing Education: Transformative Approaches to New Technologies and Student Diversity in Futures Oriented Classrooms, NY: Springer

Facer, K. (2009) Beyond Current Horizons: Educational trends and scenarios to 2035 for DCSF, Bristol: Futurelab

Facer, K., Horner, L., Manchester, H (2014) Towards the All Age Friendly City, University of Bristol & Future Cities Catapult

Facer, K (2011) Taking the 21st century seriously: potential futures for education, youth and new technologies, Oxford Review of Education

Facer, K and Sandford, R (2010) The Next 25 years? Future Scenarios and Future Directions for education and technology, JCAL  pp74-93

Facer, K (2013) Educational Futures: Theory, Methods, Ethics, International Journal of Education Research,

Facer, K., Craft, A., Sandford, R ((eds) 2012) Special Issue on ‘Educational Futures’ for International Journal of Education Research

Facer, K., Lee, N., Holmes, R ((eds) 2012) Special Issue on ‘Better Childhoods: Better Futures’ for Global Studies of Childhood

Learning Cities, area based curriculum and lifelong learning

Facer, K., Horner, L., Manchester, H (2014) Towards the All Age Friendly City, Bristol: Future Cities Catapult

Keynote on museums, technologies and public knowledge production, GEMS Conference, August, Leeds, 2013

Manchester, H and Facer, K (2014) Digital Curation: Learning and Legacy in Later Life

Facer, K (2012) Co-operative Education: an old idea for new times? Discourse, Power and Resistance, 4 (3) 327-341

Facer, K (2012) Towards an Area-Based Curriculum, International Journal of Education Research,

Facer, K (2010) The Manchester Curriculum: a report and recommendations (for the RSA)

Facer, K (2010) Towards an Area-Based Curriculum: insights and reflections from the Literature (for the RSA)

Sociology of Education and Technology

Selwyn, N & Facer, K (2013) Towards a Critical Politics of Education Technology, New York: Palgrave MacMillan

Facer, K and Selwyn, N (2013) Towards a Sociology of Education and Technology, in Brooks, R and Bhopal, K (eds) Contemporary Debates in the Sociology of Education, Palgrave MacMillan

Facer, K (2014) The Politics of Childhood and Technology, in Pilcher, J and Wagg, S (eds) Thatcher’s Grandchildren? The Politics of Childhood in the 21st Century, New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Facer, K., Furlong, J., Furlong, R., Sutherland, R (2003) ScreenPlay: Children and Computers in the Home, London: Routledge

Keri Facer (2014) What is space for? Towards a politics and a language
for the human in education, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 23:1, 121-126, DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2013.83922

Selwyn, N and Facer, K (2014) The Sociology of Education and Technology: past, present and possible futures, Oxford Review of Education, 40.4, 482-496,

Facer, K (2012) Beyond the Moral Panic: children and technology, Discourse, Vol 33 (3)

Facer, K (2012) Personal, Relational and Beautiful: Education, technologies and John Macmurray, Oxford Review of Education, 38:6, 709-725

Ulicsak, M, Sandford R, Facer K (2007) Issues impacting games based learning in formal secondary education International Journal on Advanced Technology for Learning (IJATL), Vol 4; Issue 4 pp212-217

Perry, J., Klopfer, E., Norton, M., Sutch, D., Sandford, R., Facer, K., (2008) AR Gone Wild: Two approaches to using Augmented Reality Learning in Zoos, ICLS, Utrecht, Holland

Sandford, R and Facer, K (2011) Games and Learning: a clash of cultures? In S de Freitas and P. Maharg (eds) Learning Through Play: Major Theoretical Perspectives, RoutledgeFalmer

Facer, K (2010) ‘What Futures for Digital Literacy in the 21st Century?’ in L.K. Stergioulas and H. Drenoyianni, Eds., Pursuing Digital Literacy in the School, New Literacies series,  Peter Lang PublishingGroup, New York, [Contract No: LNG/00456].

Selwyn, N.  and   Facer, K. (2009)   ‘Beyond the digital divide:  towards an agenda for change’  in Ferro, E.,  Dwivedi, Y., Gil-Garcia, R.  and Williams, M.  (Eds)  ‘Overcoming Digital Divides: Constructing an Equitable and Competitive Information Society’   Hershey PA, IGI Global

Facer K and Selwyn N (2009) Social Networking, in H.Beetham, R.Sharpe, S.De-Freitas ‘Rethinking Learning’, London: Routledge

Facer, K and Sutherland, R (2008) Connecting Cultures: Home and School Uses of ICT, in R Sutherland, S Robertson, P John (eds) Improving Classroom Learning with ICT, Oxford: RoutledgeFalmer (Taylor & Francis)

Facer, K and Green, H (2007) Curriculum 2.0: Educating the Digital Generation, in S Parker (ed) Unlocking Innovation: Why Citizens Hold the Key to Public Service Reform, London: Demos

Facer, K et al (2007) Can Computer Games Go to School? in ‘Emerging Technologies’, BECTA: Coventry

Lewin, C and Facer, K ((eds) 2012) Special Issue on Learning Futures: Education, Technology and Sustainability, Computers and Education

Benford, S., Rowland, D., Flintham, M.,  Drozd, A., Hull, R., Reid, J., Morrison, J., Facer, K., (2005) Life on the Edge: Supporting Collaboration in Location- Based Experiences, CHI 2005, April 2–7, 2005, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Facer, K., Joiner, R., Stanton, D., Kirk, D., Hull, R., (2004) Savannah: Experiential Learning through mobile gaming, JCAL, 26:1, Vol 20, pp399-409

Williamson, B & Facer, K (2004) “More than ‘just a game’: The implications for schools of children’s computer games communities”, Education, Communication and Information, Vol. 4, No. 2/3, November, 253-268.

Kent, N., Facer, K (2004) Different Worlds? Children’s Home and School Computer Use, JCAL 20 pp440-455

Facer, K., Furlong, J., Furlong, R. & Sutherland, R. (2003) ‘Edutainment Software’: A site for cultures in conflict?, in R. Sutherland, G. Claxton, A. Pollard (eds) Teaching and Learning Where Worldviews Meet, Trentham Books, UK: Stoke on Trent.

Molyneux-Hodsgon, S., and Facer, K., (2003) ‘The textbook as cultural artefact: reproducing the culture of science’ in R. Sutherland, G. Claxton, A. Pollard (eds) Teaching and Learning Where Worldviews Meet, Trentham Books, UK: Stoke on Trent.

Facer, K (2002) ‘What do we mean by the digital divide?: Exploring the roles of access, relevance and resource networks’ in ‘The Digital Divide’ Coventry: BECTA/HMSO

2002 ‘Mobile Bristol: A New Sense of Place’ in P. Ljungstrand and L. E. Holmquist (eds.) Ubicomp2002, Adjunct Proceedings, Gotëborg, Viktoria Inst. 27-29, (with Morris, W., Facer, K., C. Fleuriot., Reid, J., and Hull, R

Facer, K., Furlong, J., Furlong, R., Sutherland, R., (2001) ‘Constructing the child computer user:  from public policy to private practices’ British Journal of Sociology of Education, pp 91-108

Facer, K., Furlong, J., Furlong, R., Sutherland, R., (2001) ‘What’s the point of using computers ?: the development of young people’s computer expertise in the home’ New Media and Society pp 199-219

Facer, K., Furlong, R (2001) ‘Beyond the Myth of the Cyberkid: young people at the margins of the information revolution’ Journal of Youth Studies (4) 4

Facer, K., Furlong, J., Furlong, R., Sutherland, R., (2001) ‘Home is where the hardware is: young people, the domestic environment and ‘access’ to new technologies’ in I. Hutchby and J. Moran-Ellis (eds) Children, Technology and Culture London: Falmer pp 13-27

Sutherland, R., Facer, K., Furlong, R., Furlong, J (2001) ‘A Window on Learning with computers in the Home’, in M. Selinger and J. Wynn (2000) Educational technology and the impact on teaching and learning.  Abingdon, RM

Facer, K (2001) ‘Students Use of ICT at Home’ School Leadership and Management, 21 (2) pp 236-237

Furlong, J., Furlong, R., Sutherland, R., Facer, K., (2000) ‘The National Grid for Learning: A Curriculum Without Walls? Cambridge Journal of Education, Spring 2000, Vol 30, No 1 pp 91-110

Sutherland, R., Facer, K., Furlong, J., Furlong, R., (2000) ‘A new environment for education? The computer in the home, Computers and Education, Special Edition, 34 (2000) pp 195-212

Archive: Futurelab Handbook and Literature Review Series

Daanen, H and Facer, K (2007) 2020 and Beyond: Digital Technologies and Education, Bristol: Futurelab

Selwyn, N & Facer, K (2007) Beyond the Digital Divide, Bristol: Futurelab

Rudd, T., Sutch, D., Facer, K (2006) Towards New Learning Networks: Connecting Homes, Schools and Communities, Bristol: Futurelab

Rudd, T., Morrison, J., Facer, K (2006) What If… Re-imagining Learning Spaces, Bristol: Futurelab

Owen, M., Grant, K., Facer, K., Sayers, S (2006) Social Software and Learning, Bristol: Futurelab

Faux, F., McFarlane, A., Roche, N., Facer, K (2006) Learning with Handheld Technologies, Bristol: Futurelab

Green, H., Facer, K., Rudd, T., Dillon, P., Humphries, P (2005) Personalisation and Digital Technologies, Bristol: Futurelab

Facer, K., and Williamson, B (2004) Designing education technologies with users: a handbook, Bristol: NESTA Futurelab

Facer, K., and Williamson, B (2004) Designing technologies to support creative collaborations: a handbook, Bristol: NESTA Futurela






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