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The idea of distance in data-driven curriculum policy making: a productive critique
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Pedagogy and Learning. (Linnaeus-SITE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8503-2655
2018 (English)In: Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, ISSN 1449-8855, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 26-37Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this article is to develop a productive critique of the neoliberal idea of distance as it has come to be expressed within the context of data-driven curriculum policy making. The argument is structured around three expressions of distance (spatial, methodological, and relational) related to different levels of policy making. A critical examination shows that the production and use of numerical data have come to influence policy makers at all levels, equating what is of educational value with what can be made measurable and therefore comparable. Furthermore, it shows that standardizing the way education is thought and acted out by policy makers and practitioners according to an evaluative rationale leads to problematic reduction of the educational imagination, distancing educational actors from each other. Non-affirmative educational theory is used to develop a more reflexive position understanding that the answer to what is of educational value emanates from communicative interactions allowing different educational aims to coexist and influence each other. The productivity of the critique developed in this article, therefore, lies in its ability to enrich the educational discourse and to widen the imagination of the alternatives scenarios of educational futures at hand.

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International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS) , 2018. Vol. 5, no 2, p. 26-37
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-78921OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-78921DiVA, id: diva2:1264841
Available from: 2018-11-21 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2018-12-04Bibliographically approved

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