Who's counting? Legitimating measurement in the audit culture

Ocean, Jude and Skourdoumbis, Andrew 2016, Who's counting? Legitimating measurement in the audit culture, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 442-456, doi: 10.1080/01596306.2015.1061977.

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Title Who's counting? Legitimating measurement in the audit culture
Author(s) Ocean, Jude
Skourdoumbis, AndrewORCID iD for Skourdoumbis, Andrew orcid.org/0000-0003-4329-1285
Journal name Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 37
Issue number 3
Start page 442
End page 456
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1469-3739
Keyword(s) audit
Summary What gives legitimacy to the numbers that constitute the measurement techniques of the audit culture? We argue that the audit culture’s blind application of numbers to people as if there was no moral or ethical dimension to the calculation rests on a military discourse resi-dent in mathematics. This argument is based on the genealogy presented in this paper, which uncovers a regime of measurement-by-number, sedimented as legitimate through an associa-tion with military power. We claim that this military measurement-by-number is a dubious technique of government on which the audit culture relies for its highly questionable authori-ty.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2015.1061977
Field of Research 13 Education
16 Studies In Human Society
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Taylor and Francis
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