Reflecting refraction in higher education

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Michael Uljens, Janne Elo
Editors: Pat Sikes, Yvonne Novakovic
Place: London
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Book title: Storying the public intellectual: Commentaries on the impact and influence of the work of Ivor Goodson
Start page: 119
End page: 130
ISBN: 9781138389755
eISBN: 9780429423734


Contemporary nation-state education is
increasingly influenced by various forms of globalisation. As a response to the
challenges this development poses, several fields of research have acknowledged
that understanding institutional education requires a multi-level approach
capable of bridging the different levels and parties involved. This chapter elaborates
further on the concept of refraction
by Goodson and Rudd, adopting this multi-level approach in a higher education
context. Refraction contributes to the field by emphasising the
non-deterministic and dynamic character of policy implementation. It especially
emphasises the agency of individual actors at the different levels of policy
implementation, ranging from the supranational level down to the classroom.
Nevertheless, one of the challenges with the concept of refraction is that it
appears to be context neutral, lacking a clear underlying theory of education
and thus applicable in any other policy and praxis field as well. The chapter
thus suggests how the concept of refraction can be further developed by
non-affirmative theory of education (NAT). NAT offers a theoretical framework
and language specific to the field of education, the object of refraction, as well as the process of refraction, which is often
carried out through educational activities at different levels.

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