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Foss Lindblad, Rita
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Foss Lindblad, R. & Lindblad, S. (2017). International Comparisons and Dynamics at the Education Policy Agora. In: Program for the EERA meeting in Copenhagen, August 2017: . Paper presented at ECER Conference, Copenhagen, August 22-25, 2017..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>International Comparisons and Dynamics at the Education Policy Agora
2017 (English)In: Program for the EERA meeting in Copenhagen, August 2017, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The seminars working hypothesis has a lot in common with the well-known hypothesis of Lyotard (1984) saying that when society alters so does the status of knowledge. Knowledge can as such be described in terms of a discourse where legitimation of different kinds of knowledge is put in the fore. This discourse of legitimating knowledge is taking place in societal systems (cf. Luhmann, 1996) where knowledge legitimates itself as well as the systems which harboring legitimacy. In this, the society-science interaction is especially important due to that it acknowledges important relations and settings of power. In the seminar, we are elaborating on how a society-science connection is portrayed in the domain of education where we note how educational knowledge and educational policy is constructed and functioning in tandem in ways similar to the Lyotard hypothesis – when educational knowledge alters so does educational policy, and vice versa. This connection is analyzed based on an analytical use of the conceptual space description of agora (Nowotny et al., 2003), where various activities takes place in which educational knowledge and policy is constructed, framed and disseminated in tandem. Based on historical and empirical investigations we state that one prevailing reasoning (Hacking, 1992, Lindblad, Pettersson & Popkewitz, 2015) necessary for educational knowledge and policy in the contemporary is the notion on comparativism where comparisons such as rankings and hierarchizations between educational systems are in focus and not the qualities of education as such. Comparativism implies a reduction of complexity which is required to maintain a system’s power capability. During the last decades, the dissemination and growth of international large-scale assessments (ILSA) represents a reduction of such complexity. The power of new algorithms and technologies for classifying educational systems at the intersection of international actors and national policy and science, is repeatedly expressed in education policy debates. The emergence of this approach to education has been noted in research (Carvalho, 2012; Grek, 2009), mostly with a focus on relations between different actors at work in different layers and in transnational governance (Ozga, 2012; Djelic & Sahlin-Andersson, 2006). However, few studies have investigated the educational activities for providing educational knowledge and how they together provide major contributions of educational knowledge. Based on such notions, the purpose is to describe and analyze comparativism in education in order to critically examine and clarify what claims and educational reasoning that are put forwards as well as implications for educational design and action. We search for answers to the following set of questions: - how to capture and analyze the emergence of a comparativistic turn in educational research and policy; - how to describe the dynamics of an agora in the making of educational knowledge staged in tandem processes in research and policy; - how do international and national settings and agents interact in educational discourses? These problematics will be elaborated on in the seminar with a specific focus on Nordic contexts (Sweden and Norway) in international perspectives. We approach the problematics by especially observe the function of ILSA in the society-science relations and how these are discussed on the agora leading to tandem processes of policy and research. With the contributions in the seminar we are in a position to highlight some of the relations on how educational knowledge is constructed, framed and disseminated as tandem processes in a situation dissolving the dichotomy of society-science by reducing some of its complexity. When doing so we have the opportunity to analyze the intersection between science and society as an important field of education. We will also raise questions on how these kind of knowledge is perceived by media and public. 

Keywords
international comparisons, education policy, science-society agora
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13538 (URN)
Conference
ECER Conference, Copenhagen, August 22-25, 2017.
Available from: 2018-01-16 Created: 2018-01-16 Last updated: 2018-01-17Bibliographically approved
Foss Lindblad, R. & Lindblad, S. (2017). THE PUBLIC OPINION: ON THE MAKINGS ON MODERN EDUCATION. In: : . Paper presented at The 45th Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA), Copenhagen Denmark, March 23-25, 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>THE PUBLIC OPINION: ON THE MAKINGS ON MODERN EDUCATION
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research topic/Aim: Our case is Sweden with its comprehensive welfare state education. This case have been in rapid change in education during the last decades, including worldwide restructuring measures such as deregulation, privatization and governing by school performances. Our aim is to analyze education as part of a modernization project based on the development of science as well as on democracy. Our approach to this is analyses of the public opinion in the Swedish welfare state in relation to the current context of Sweden and what its educational system offers. In order to realize these ambitions, we put forwards the following research questions: • What confidence and discontent in education is presented by the public opinion? How is this related to educational levels and political preferences among individuals? • To what extent is there confidence or mistrust in research in different fields – including educational research – and to what extent is this connected with educational levels and social positions among the individuals? Given our interest in modernization of education we have a special interest in how individuals in in teaching professions assess educational research. In order to sharpen the analysis of current trends in education modernization and educational research we made special analyses of the public opinion on the uses of large scale assessments of educational performances. Theoretical frameworks: Trust has become an important factor for understanding operations of governance and educational reforms and variances of success over countries. Given the present context of rapid social and political transformations and ongoing restructuring of higher education and research, the level and objects of trust thus becomes an important indicator of possibilities and readiness of change. Methodology/research design: We have chosen to analyze the views of the public opinion considering trust in science as such and for the eventual betterment of society, with a special focus on educational science. Data are obtained from the SOM-Institute survey 2014 sent to a national sample of 3 400 individuals, out of which 54 percent answered the questions – in sum 1 634 persons. Findings: In the public opinion the confidence in the school is not very high, and most individuals take very critical stances to current developments in schooling. Regarded as indicators of perceptions of education in a modernizing welfare state, the results present somewhat of a crisis in trust of schooling. This is further underlined by the finding that individuals with lower levels of education are more discontent with recent developments in education. Of special interest is the finding that the right wing populists – often in low paid jobs – are most dissatisfied with what education can offer them. Trust in educational research – especially among those in teaching professions – is also indicating that the modernization processes in education is at work. Stated otherwise, modernization of education and schooling seems to correspond to predominant distribution of resources in society, and universalistic claims about modernization seem to be contradicted by its premises and practices. Relevance for Nordic Educational Research: There is a large need for analyzing the current political situation and its politics of knowledge and educational policies in the Swedish welfare state and in similar welfare state contexts, such as the Nordic countries. 

Keywords
Education policy analysis, International large scale assessments, public opinion research, comparative education
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13534 (URN)
Conference
The 45th Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA), Copenhagen Denmark, March 23-25, 2017
Available from: 2018-01-16 Created: 2018-01-16 Last updated: 2018-01-17Bibliographically approved
Foss Lindblad, R. (2016). Feministiska studier av vetenskap. In: Anna Lundberg & Ann Werner (Ed.), En introduktion till genusvetenskapliga begrepp: . Göteborg: Nationella sekretariatet för genusfoskning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feministiska studier av vetenskap
2016 (Swedish)In: En introduktion till genusvetenskapliga begrepp / [ed] Anna Lundberg & Ann Werner, Göteborg: Nationella sekretariatet för genusfoskning , 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Nationella sekretariatet för genusfoskning, 2016
Series
En skriftserie om genusvetenskap
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11808 (URN)978-91-980802-5-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-13 Last updated: 2017-01-16Bibliographically approved
Foss Lindblad, R. & Lindblad, S. (2016). Higher Education and Research in a Steady State: Changing premises and practices for educational research in Sweden. In: Maja Elmgren, Maria Folke Fichtelius, Stina Hallsén, Henrik Román, Wieland Wermke (Ed.), Att ta utbildningens komplexitet på allvar: En vänbok för Eva Forsberg. Uppsala: Uppsala University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Higher Education and Research in a Steady State: Changing premises and practices for educational research in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Att ta utbildningens komplexitet på allvar: En vänbok för Eva Forsberg / [ed] Maja Elmgren, Maria Folke Fichtelius, Stina Hallsén, Henrik Román, Wieland Wermke, Uppsala: Uppsala University , 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala University, 2016
Series
Uppsala Studies of Education, ISSN 0347-1314
National Category
Social Sciences Pedagogy
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8525 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-14 Last updated: 2017-05-04Bibliographically approved
Foss Lindblad, R. & Lindblad, S. (2016). Higher Education and Research in a Steady State: Changing premises and practices for educational research in Sweden.. Nordic Journal of Educational Policy, NordSTEP, 1(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Higher Education and Research in a Steady State: Changing premises and practices for educational research in Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Educational Policy, NordSTEP, E-ISSN 2002-0317, Vol. 1, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This chapter addresses changing premises and practices for and in educational research in the case of Sweden. The ambition is to analyse changing preconditions for educational research and potential implications of this for research practices and knowledge production in the field of education. The text is organised in three inquiries: First, we present a general framework of transitions in the system of higher education and research as a combination of expansion and contraction. Second, we analyse educational research in Sweden, its trajectory, playground and play performances, indicating possible changes in the rules of the game. Here we apply an international perspective. Thirdly, based on this, we discuss the current situation - the condition we are in for educational research, and where to go?

Keywords
Steady state, educational research, sweden
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11807 (URN)10.3402/nstep.v2.32371 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-13 Last updated: 2018-01-04Bibliographically approved
Foss Lindblad, R. & Lindblad, S. (2016). On Relevance and Norms of Science in Times of Restructuring.: Educational Research in Sweden. In: Trimmer, K. (Ed.), Political Pressures on Eucational and Social Research.: International Perspectives. Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On Relevance and Norms of Science in Times of Restructuring.: Educational Research in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Political Pressures on Eucational and Social Research.: International Perspectives / [ed] Trimmer, K., Routledge, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2016
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8523 (URN)9781138947122 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-14 Last updated: 2017-05-04Bibliographically approved
Foss Lindblad, R. & Lindblad, S. (2016). Post-political governing of wellfare state education in Sweden. In: Lena Martinsson & Eva Reimers (Ed.), Education and Political Subjectivities in Neoliberal Times and Places: Emerging practices and possibilities. Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Post-political governing of wellfare state education in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Education and Political Subjectivities in Neoliberal Times and Places: Emerging practices and possibilities / [ed] Lena Martinsson & Eva Reimers, Routledge, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2016
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8528 (URN)9781138962880 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-14 Last updated: 2017-05-04Bibliographically approved
Foss Lindblad, R. & Jonsson, A.-C. (2016). Pre-service teacher student's preference of publil's developmental competences: A critical examination of educational restructuring and OECEs impact on "the learner".. In: : . Paper presented at ECER, Dublin, August 22-26, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pre-service teacher student's preference of publil's developmental competences: A critical examination of educational restructuring and OECEs impact on "the learner".
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11809 (URN)
Conference
ECER, Dublin, August 22-26, 2016
Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-13 Last updated: 2017-01-16Bibliographically approved
Foss Lindblad, R. (2016). The Imagined Real of Sweden: Utopias with/out hopes. In: : . Paper presented at ECER, Dublin, August 22-26, 2016. Dublin
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Imagined Real of Sweden: Utopias with/out hopes
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dublin: , 2016
National Category
Cultural Studies Pedagogy
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11810 (URN)
Conference
ECER, Dublin, August 22-26, 2016
Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-13 Last updated: 2017-01-16Bibliographically approved
Foss Lindblad, R., Bergviken Rensfeldt, A. & Dodillet, S. (2015). Kategorier och positioner i pedagogisk genusforskning.. In: Sverker Lindblad & Lisbeth Lundahl (Ed.), Utbildning, Makt och Politik.: . Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kategorier och positioner i pedagogisk genusforskning.
2015 (Swedish)In: Utbildning, Makt och Politik. / [ed] Sverker Lindblad & Lisbeth Lundahl, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2015Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2015
Keywords
pedagogik makt politik
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8507 (URN)9789144076836 (ISBN)
Projects
Utbildningsområdets Politik.
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-14 Last updated: 2018-04-28Bibliographically approved
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