David Kupferman, School of Teaching and Learning, recently published a chapter with his colleague Andrew Gibbons, Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), in the edited book Innovations in Narrative and Metaphor. Kupferman’s chapter, titled “Flow My Tears, the Teacher Said: Science Fiction as Method,” offers an argument for science fiction as a critical tool for questions concerning education. Philip K. Dick provides the provocation for this work through his novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said in which a State addicted to big data cannot cope with the idea of an individual who does not appear on any database and thereby is not coded. The chapter explores the implications of the rise of digital technologies in national curricula, wondering what Algorithmic Intelligence will think of the human teacher once it becomes self-aware, and what teachers will think of being teachers in a digital, big data, society.

The link to the chapter can be found here: