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Policy mobilities and methodology: a proposition for inventive methods in education policy studies

Gulson, Kalervo N., Lewis, Steven, Lingard, Bob, Lubienski, Christopher, Takayama, Keita and Webb, P. Taylor 2017, Policy mobilities and methodology: a proposition for inventive methods in education policy studies, Critical studies in education, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.1080/17508487.2017.1288150.

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Title Policy mobilities and methodology: a proposition for inventive methods in education policy studies
Author(s) Gulson, Kalervo N.
Lewis, StevenORCID iD for Lewis, Steven
Lingard, Bob
Lubienski, Christopher
Takayama, Keita
Webb, P. Taylor
Journal name Critical studies in education
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017-02-17
ISSN 1750-8487
Keyword(s) education policy
network analysis
Summary The argument of this paper is that new methodologies associated with the emerging field of ‘policy mobilities’ can be applied, and are in fact required, to examine and research the networked and relational, or ‘topological’, nature of globalised education policy, which cuts across the new spaces of policymaking and new modes of global educational governance. In this paper, we examine the methodological issues pertaining to the study of the movement of policy. Informed by contemporary methodological thinking around social network analysis and the ethnographic notion of ‘following the policy’, we discuss the limitations of these approaches to adequately address presence in policy network analysis, and the problem of representing speed and intensity of policy mobility, even while these attempt to solve the problem of relationality and territoriality. We conclude that the methodologies of policy mobility are inexorably intertwined with the (constantly) changing phenomena under examination, and hence require what Lury and Wakeford describe as ‘inventive methods’.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17508487.2017.1288150
Field of Research 1301 Education Systems
1608 Sociology
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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