EuroVisions in school policy and the knowledge economy: a genealogy of the transnational turn in European school and teacher education policy

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Abstract

The genealogy of the transnational turn in European school and education policy is a narrative about epochal transformations since the 1990s where European national education policies are increasingly negotiated in transnational forums (the OECD, EU, and the Bologna Process). Here diverse nation states engage in ongoing policy processes that are consolidated in strengthened collaboration. Drawing on (post-)Foucauldian theory, this chapter maps the genealogy of how transnational truth regimes have been produced that link school and education policy to the performance of the national economy by means of discursive imaginaries – the Knowledge Economy discourse in particular. As a result, discourses about the purpose of school, what counts as public good, and – by implication – teacher education, are fundamentally transformed.The transnational turn in European school and education policy becomes manifest in discursive processes and political technologies. This is emphasized through keywords like ‘employability’, ‘competences’, and ‘lifelong learning’, and through political technologies like comparative surveys (PISA, TIMSS & PIRLSS), country reports, and performance indicators. The Open Method of Coordination signifies the master template of a consensus-advancing truth regime where mutual peer pressure and the invitation to become comparable ensure that different nation states integrate according to the European motto of ‘unity in diversity’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNavigating the common good in teacher education policy : critical and international perspectives
EditorsNikola Hobbel, Barbara L. Bales
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date9 May 2018
Pages180-194
Chapter12
ISBN (Print)978-0-8153-6927-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-351-25230-0
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2018
SeriesRoutledge Research in International and Comparative Education

Keywords

  • Transnational turn
  • Europe
  • School and teacher education policy
  • Foucault

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