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EDRESGOV - The New Governance of Educational Research: Comparing Trajectories, Turns and Transformations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway and Belgium

This research project (2014–17) aims to enhance understanding of the impact of education research policy on the shape and approaches of educational research and scholarship in different national contexts and settings through four cases studies—the UK, Germany, Norway, and Belgium. Focusing on developments since the early 1990s and explicit comparison of these four countries in Europe, we analyse the extent to which and the ways in which such policies have managed to reach their goals, altering the direction of existing research traditions and trajectories. We seek to make visible what the main drivers of such policy developments and initiatives are, with particular attention to the question to what extent such drivers are local, regional, national or supranational/global. We are particularly interested to map and understand converging and diverging patterns and developments as we contrast the differential dynamics of education research policy in this sample of smaller and larger European countries, each with particular academic, language, and educational configurations. We seek to draw lessons for research policy making, both with regard to educational research and scholarship and research policy more generally.

For further information or questions, please contact Gert Biesta or Justin Powell.