Knowledge networks in education policy

Open lecture with Professor Jaakko Kauko, Tampere University, Finland.

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Professor Jaakko Kauko. Photo: Private


Policy-making favours the use of evidence as an instrument for ideological aims rather than as a tool for balanced and rational deliberation. In this regard, discourses on ‘evidence-based policy’ fails to give a correct image of what is taking place in the political process. Theoretical discussion usually highlights the value-based starting points of policy instead of evidence. Evidence is thus a way to achieve political goals.

I use data from three projects, involving bibliometric analysis, social network analysis and interviews, to demonstrate how knowledge is built in education policy-making, via social construction in knowledge networks – instead of through rationalistic and deliberative processes.

As a result, evidence use is a part of a broader societal set-up of national and transnational knowledge networks, as well as a means to define relevant actors, processes or arguments in a policy field.

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The lecture is open to everyone. It is given as part of the PhD course "Knowledge Utilization and Transfer in Education Policy".

Published May 4, 2022 5:19 PM - Last modified May 4, 2022 5:19 PM