00 SES 10.1, Keynote Thomas Popkewitz: The Paradox of Research: The Good Intentions of Inclusion that Excludes and Abjects
Keynote Session, streamed to D1.01
Over the past years, I have been interested in the European and America social and education sciences concerned with school reform and change. The liberal hope of school research is to produce an inclusive society. This hope is embodied in making children as particular kinds of people, sometimes called problem-solvers and lifelong learners for that future society. But for all these good intentions, the hope of future inscribes double gestures in reform oriented research. The hope for making kinds of people embodies fears about the dangers and dangerous populations that threaten that desired future. These “other” kinds of children are distinguished as students who “lack motivation” or are classified as “at-risk”.
The lecture explores the paradox of exclusion and inclusion in educational research. My approach is a history of the present. It asks about the systems of reason that ordered ninetieth century “moral sciences’ and The Social Question in educational history that were concerned with changing urban populations. It then examines contemporary research concerned with reforming teacher education, benchmarks, science and mathematics education, and international student performance assessment. The different research practices, it is argued, are epistemologically not so different. They generate comparative principles and double gestures that produce different kinds of people and social/cultural divisions in efforts to include.
I conclude that if contemporary research works as a comparative system of reason that differentiates and divide, perhaps other notions of change are appropriate in the sciences of education. One option is to look to the past in the present. This is to historicize what is taken as natural in the present as a method to open up spaces other than those framed by the contemporary order of things.
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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