Reforms in Education: A European Research Network
CfU's Mette Buchardt has with Johannes Westberg of Örebro University, Jane Gingrich of University of Oxford and Magdalen College and Michael Geiss from University of Zürich received funding for an international research network aiming at investigating educational reforms from the Swedish Vetenskapsrådet. From methodologically and theoretically insterdisciplinary reflections, the network aims to answer questions such as:
1) What should be considered an educational reform?
2) How do reforms work at the local school level and what role can be ascribed to the regional administrative and national policy level?
3) How can transnational corporate actors, the transfer of knowledge or policies and networks be examined when investigating reforms in education?
The International Research Network is funded for three years, and the four research teams are located in different countries. To further their work and provide access for other interested parties they will pursue activities such as international workshops, invited speakers, have international research stays, and fully funded conference participations. They aim to further develop an international concept of educational reform, that is applicable to different national and international contexts, and allows for comparisons over both location and space.