When Complexity Meets Evidence in Governance…

Lassnigg, Lorenz (2016) When Complexity Meets Evidence in Governance…. European Journal of Education, 51 (4), pp. 441-446. DOI: 10.1111/ejed.12195

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The author reflects on some contradictions or paradoxes that are inherent in discourses, based on his experience of efforts to decentralise the very complex centralised and federalist education structure in Austria. In this structure, the political attempts to strengthen ‘evidence’ are strongly contested.
The explanation may lie in the governance structure. On the one hand, there are challenges of complexity in the education system. On the other, policy makers and researchers do not address these challenges in an appropriate manner, as the part of unpredictability is negated.
One conclusion is that a professional approach to governance that is oriented towards the integration of practice and knowledge production at the teaching level can cope better with the insecurities involved in complex structures than an ‘evidence-based approach’.

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Research Units: Former Research Units (until 2020) > in_Equality and Education
Current Research Groups > Education and Employment
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 15:49
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 09:58
DOI: 10.1111/ejed.12195
ISSN: 0141-8211
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/4137

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