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Producing calculable worlds: education at a glance

Gorur, Radhika 2015, Producing calculable worlds: education at a glance, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 578-595, doi: 10.1080/01596306.2015.974942.

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Title Producing calculable worlds: education at a glance
Author(s) Gorur, Radhika
Journal name Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 36
Issue number 4
Start page 578
End page 595
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0159-6306
1469-3739
Summary  The OECD’s international education indicators have become very influential in contemporary education policies. Although these indicators are now routinely, annually published in the form of Education at a Glance, the calculability upon which the indicators depend was an achievement that involved the mobilisation of a huge machinery of expertise, trust, pragmatism and other resources. This paper traces the ways in which varied constraints were addressed, interests translated, categories defined, classifications negotiated, frameworks agreed upon, choices made, methodologies established and protocols developed, as the indicators exercise moved from being nearly impossible to becoming routinely produced. Using resources from Science and Technology Studies (STS), it demonstrates that the work of making such assemblages is both instrumentalist and performative, and argues for an undertaking of critique as a moral enterprise.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2015.974942
Field of Research 160506 Education Policy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor and Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074813

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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