Title: Introduction Space- and time-making in education: Towards a topological lens
Authors: Decuypere, Mathias
Hartong, Sigrid 
van de Oudeweetering, Karmijn
Language: eng
Keywords: Relation;Topological methodologies;Topology
Issue Date: 2022
Document Type: Article
Journal / Series / Working Paper (HSU): European educational research journal
Over the last decades, the way we think about space and time in relation to the field of education has changed substantially. New societal evolutions have urged scholars to come to grips with the increasing difficulty of approaching educational practices in terms of existing “static” (e.g. topographical) representations of space and “linear” (e.g. chronological) models of time. As a result, different lines of research have been developed that seek to extend our spatiotemporal understanding not only conceptually and theoretically, but also through novel methodologies and new kinds of empirical analyses. This Special Issue extensively discusses and further elaborates on one approach informing these lines of research: (social) topology. In this editorial, we outline the topological lens and discuss its origins in the field of mathematics. After discussing how topology was adopted in the broad field of the social sciences, we show how it has gradually come to inform educational research as well. We argue that the topological lens is particularly fruitful to investigate the (mutual) construction of space and time. Briefly discussing each contribution in the Special Issue, we show how the Special Issue contributes to the further development, and making accessible, of topology as an educational research approach.
Organization Units (connected with the publication): Transformation von Governance in Bildung und Gesellschaft 
ISSN: 1474-9041
Publisher DOI: 10.1177/14749041221076306
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