23 SES 07 A, Knowledge Politics and Scientification of Education Reform (part 1)
Symposium, Continued in 23 SES 08 A
The paper investigates how educational authorities apply scientific knowledge in policy making processes in order to initiate and implement innovation and programs for improvement. First, the paper investigates characteristics of research based evaluation of educational reforms, e.g. in Germany, Switzerland and Norway.Approaches to research based evaluation are discussed related to focus and problem orientation, design, methodological aspects, theoretical foundations, resources, and outcomes. Second, the paper discuss the increasing demand that evaluation should provide outcomes in terms of evidence of “what works” (cf. Slavin, 2007). Therefore, a particular focus is directed towards how the concepts of evidence is understood and used in different contexts. The paper discusses problematic aspects related to the use of this concept and interpretations of what counts as evidence (cf. Bridges, 2008). It also raises questions with regard to the underlying policy agendas and the extent to which evaluation of educational reforms can be seen as part of renewing political legitimacy. Therefore, the paper draws on the discussion of measuring impact, the trend from formative evaluation towards summative evaluation with all its consequences. Finally, some important implications for policy making and conducting evaluations, as well as the relationship between evaluation and research are outlined.
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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