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Evidence and Expertise in Nordic Education Policy

A Comparative Network Analysis

Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Shows how governments cope with the pressure to use data and evidence for their policy decisions
  • Is methodologically sophisticated in combining bibliometric network analysis, document analysis and expert interviews
  • Brings together a group of prominent scholars on the much debated issue of evidence-based policy

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Exploring the Architecture of Policy Knowledge: A Methodological Note

    • Oren Pizmony-Levy, Chanwoong Baek
    Pages 59-76Open Access
  3. Evidence and Expert Power in Finnish Education Policy Making: The National Core Curriculum Reform

    • Saija Volmari, Jaakko Kauko, Juho Anturaniemi, Íris Santos
    Pages 115-148Open Access
  4. The Irregular Formation of State Policy Documents in the Icelandic Field of Education 2013–2017

    • Berglind Rós Magnúsdóttir, Jón Torfi Jónasson
    Pages 149-182Open Access
  5. The Complexity of Context in Legitimating National School Reforms: The Case of Sweden

    • Andreas Nordin, Ninni Wahlström
    Pages 227-251Open Access
  6. Evidence-Based Policymaking in Nordic Countries: Different Settings, Different Practices?

    • Chanwoong Baek, Dijana Tiplic, Íris Santos
    Pages 253-279Open Access
  7. How Much Is Policy Advice Changed and Lost in Political Translation?

    • Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Chanwoong Baek, Berit Karseth, Andreas Nordin
    Pages 281-320Open Access
  8. The OECD and the Field of Knowledge Brokers in Danish, Finnish, and Icelandic Education Policy

    • Christian Ydesen, Jaakko Kauko, Berglind Rós Magnúsdóttir
    Pages 321-348Open Access
  9. Regional Policy Spaces, Knowledge Networks, and the “Nordic Other”

    • Saija Volmari, Kirsten Sivesind, Jón Torfi Jónasson
    Pages 349-382Open Access
  10. Conclusion: Toward a Renewed Understanding of Evidence-Based Policy in Education

    • Berit Karseth, Kirsten Sivesind
    Pages 409-429Open Access

About this book

This open access book explores how policy makers draw on national, regional and international expertise in issuing school reform within five Nordic countries. In an era of international comparison, policy makers are expected to review best practices, learn from experiences from elsewhere, and apply international standards propelled by international organizations. Do they do so?  What counts, for them, as evidence and expertise? The chapters draw methodologically on bibliometric data, network analysis, document analysis and expert interviews. They show compellingly how governments use “evidence” strategically and selectively for agenda setting and policy decisions. This book will be of interest and value to scholars of education policy, specifically within the Nordic region, and international and comparative education.


Reviews

“This is a highly important book on a topic of remarkable and growing significance. It brings together the work of a dynamic research team, whose writing and influence in the analysis of evidence-based policy in education cannot be over-stated. Well-theorised and featuring a plethora of empirical analyses from a range of Nordic policy actors and contexts, this book is thoroughly recommended for students and scholars interested in the field of education policy and governance in Europe and globally.” (Sotiria Grek, Professor in European and Global Education Governance) 

“Evidence and Expertise in Nordic Education Policies: A Comparative Network Analysis from the Nordic Region is an important book that uses a rich combination of bibliographic network analysis, interviews and document analysis to describe how policies are developed and legitimised in five Nordic nations. Besides the fascinating empirical insights, the methodological approach is a significant contribution that will inspire application in a range of policy studies internationally. Highly recommended!” (Radhika Gorur, Associate Professor, Deakin University, Australia)

“This book sheds rigorous and in-depth light on the sources of knowledge mobilised in the development of educational policies in five Nordic countries. The book impresses with its solid theoretical grounding and an innovative empirical method: quantitative network analyses of national policy document 'references'. The POLNET research is inspiring because it takes a new look at the contemporary challenges of globalisation and the pluralisation of expertise.” (Christian Maroy, Professor, University of Louvain and Montreal)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Education, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Berit Karseth, Kirsten Sivesind

  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA

    Gita Steiner-Khamsi

About the editors

Berit Karseth is Professor in the Department of Education at University of Oslo, Norway. Her main research interests and publications lie in the fields of education policy, reforms, and curriculum studies.

 

Kirsten Sivesind is Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Oslo, Norway. Beyond her academic discipline of curriculum theory, her research focuses on comparative policy analysis and the history of educational ideas and reform.

 

Gita Steiner-Khamsi is Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA. Her research interests focus on policy borrowing, comparative policy studies, public-private partnerships in education, and comparative methodology.



Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Evidence and Expertise in Nordic Education Policy

  • Book Subtitle: A Comparative Network Analysis

  • Editors: Berit Karseth, Kirsten Sivesind, Gita Steiner-Khamsi

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91959-7

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91958-0Published: 02 April 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91961-0Published: 02 April 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-91959-7Published: 01 April 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 429

  • Number of Illustrations: 24 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Educational Policy and Politics, Education Policy, International and Comparative Education, Administration, Organization and Leadership

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