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Currículo sem Fronteiras
 A journal for a critical and emancipatory education   ISSN 1645-1384

Sociologia das políticas educacionais e pesquisa crítico-social: uma revisão pessoal das políticas educacionais e da pesquisa em política educacional (Policy sociology and critical social research: a personal review of recent education policy and policy research)

Stephen Ball

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The paper undertakes two related exercises: one substantive and one meta-analytical. The first concerns changes in public sector provision. It is argued that the public sector has been “transformed”, in Jessop’s terms, from a Keynesian Welfare State to a Schumpeterian Workfare State. This transformation involves fundamental changes to forms of provision, patterns of access, forms of work, client-worker relations, inter-institutional relations and values and ethics. The constitution of citizenship has also been affected. The second concerns the conception of and engagement with social policy by educational researches. A template for examination of the “surface epistemology” of educational policy research is presented – that is the relationships between conceptualization, research design and conduct and the interpretation of data. It is argued that there is a basic tension at the heart of education policy research between a commitment to the pursuit of efficiency and a commitment to the pursuit of social justice.


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