New Voices, New Knowledges and the New Politics of Education Research: The Gathering of a Perfect Storm?

May. 21, 2010

Source: European Educational Research Journal, Volume 9 Number 2 (2010). p. 124‑137.

This paper outlines and discusses a set of related developments in the governance, reform and privatisation of knowledge production in the field of education policy.

The article argues that knowledge about, performative knowledge, and knowledge for leadership knowledge are key facets of the new governance and ongoing reform of public sector education. However, they are increasingly created and sold to governments by private sector and philanthropic organisations.

In all of this public sector higher education institutions are being displaced as knowledge brokers, and at the same time ‘enterprised’ and ‘hybridised’, in a new education policy knowledge market.
Increasingly the idea of a public/private divide in education is redundant.

Updated: Oct. 29, 2010