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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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NOBRE, Júlio César de Almeida  and  NAVES, Andréa Magalhães. Production of Higher Education in Brazil: analyzing controversies about EAD. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.spe, pp. 1363-1382. ISSN 1808-4281.

This work aims to conduct an analysis on the production of Higher Education in Brazil in a current of intense controversy about the instability of Distance Education - Distance Education. To this end, we use the theoretical and methodological framework of Actor-Network Theory, as this approach presents itself as powerful enough to analyze collective unstable. The TAR alliances leads us to flows of heterogeneous elements, a mediation understood as a human and non-human aspect can mobilize, modify, enhance the connections that articulate their processes. The research aims, therefore, outline a mapping report of mediations that produce and are produced by what we mean by distance education. We seek to produce a report, through various mediators, where it is possible to identify the placement of groups and antigrupos. We find articulated arguments the EAD as an expanding higher education and the advancement of technology linked to this development and important spokespeople who are fighting for a translation of higher education articulated to the secular public education, and attendance.  This is a descriptive account of disputes seen as an important observatory for tracking networks, as a collective, when strongly unstable, leaves more exposed the work of mediators and ultimately facilitate their own cartography.

Keywords : education; actor-network theory; distance education.

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