23 SES 10 B, Researching the Powerful: Seeking Knowledge about Policy
The proposed symposium reports on aspects of the process of researching the relationship between knowledge and policy, as part of a five year European Commission funded project on the relationship between knowledge and policy in selected European countries, with reference to both the Health and Education sectors (see the project website for further details: www.knowandpol.eu). The symposium will explore and discuss some of the methodological issues (understood in their broadest sense to include issues of power, gender and control) that arise in policy research, with particular reference to the problems and challenges of obtaining accounts of policy from powerful actors, and to the nature of the relationship between researcher and ‘researched’ in this particular version of policy work. We will be comparing experiences in the education sector across a range of contexts (France, Scotland, Romania, Belgium and Hungary), looking at issues of access, negotiation of relationships, and issues arising around withdrawal and exit from the researcher-researched relationship in these different contexts, drawing on theoretical resources that explore issues of meaning-making, power and gender in the practice of policy research. Methodology: The symposium draws on the project methodology (case studies and interviews) and on established literature (for example Ball 1994, Gewirtz and Ozga 1994, Walford 1994, Lilleker 2002), as well as on relevant literature on national policy-making (for example De Vissher and Varone 2004, Mangez 2009) on discussions of power and gender in obtaining insider or elite accounts (Bogner et al 2009, Kezar 2002) and to the contexts of knowledge production and their effects (Bongrand et al 2005) Conclusions: we argue that interviews are not similar events in different European contexts, and that the comparison of cultures and contexts of interviewing is an important dimension of comparative policy research.
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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