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Comparative education, the 'New Paradigm' and policy borrowing : constructing knowledge for educational reform

Auld, Euan and Morris, Paul (2014) Comparative education, the 'New Paradigm' and policy borrowing : constructing knowledge for educational reform. Comparative Education, 50 (2). pp. 129-155. ISSN 0305-0068. DOI 10.1080/03050068.2013.826497

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Education reform in England is increasingly portrayed as a quest to create “world class” schools through the transfer of the features of high performing school systems. The demand for evidence to support policy borrowing has been serviced by an influential intermediary network, which uses international data banks to compare education systems, and to identify and promote evidence of “what works”. Whilst the network, a self-proclaimed ‘New Paradigm’, has been extensively critiqued, this has largely focused on its deviation from the norms of academic comparative education. This article analyses how the “New Paradigm” operates through the identification of its inherent features and the strategies used to overcome the methodological issues associated with policy borrowing. This is pursued through an analysis of the Rationale; Assumptions; Underlying ideology; Methodology; Omissions and silences; Dealing with critics; and Language and presentation of four of its influential publications.

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Additional Information: This article, co-written with a PHd student, provides a critical analysis of the modus operandi of the network of academic entrepreneurs and global consultancies who use comparative education data to promote educational reform.That network is now the main source of evidence used by Governments to promote new educational policies.Whilst previous studies have critiqued individual reports this is the first analysis of their common features. The paper provides the first indepth analysis of the modus operandi of an increasingly influential form of comparative education.The articles publication has bee expedited by the Editors who described it as: "an important and thoughtful piece on perhaps the most topical theme of the time in this field".
Controlled Keywords: policy borrowing, knowledge consruction, comparative research, Evidence based policy and practice, Governance and policy
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2013 08:46
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015 10:54
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