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MOOC 2018 Lecture 2 – Governing Education in Europe-the changing role of knowledge

Romuald Normand – (University of Strasbourg, FR)

Romuald Normand is Fulbright fellow and full-time professor of sociology at the University of Strasbourg (Faculty of Social Sciences, Research Unit SAGE: Societies, Actors and Government of Europe) and convenor of the network “Sociologies of European Education” (European Association of Educational Research). He is Directeur du Centre Franco-Chinois pour l'Innovation en Education and Professeur associé à l'Université Normale de Pékin. His research interests are on European education and Higher Education policies.


The lecture discusses the transformations of epistemic governance in education and the way in which some actors are shaping new knowledge which is in turn impacting on other actors in charge of implementing this knowledge in the context of the decision-making process and practice. It describes knowledge-based and evidence-based technologies producing new modes of representation, cognitive categories and value-based judgements determining and guiding actions and interactions between researchers, experts and policymakers. It presents some major social theories and concepts to analyse this transformation of the relationship between educational and social sciences and politics. Epistemic governance concerns transformations of academic capitalism and the ways in which academics, engaged in heterogeneous networks, are capable of developing new interactions as well as facing new trials imposed by the changing conditions of producing knowledge in their scientific community and within their institutions.


Introduction. The transformation of the state in education


Political arithmetic – Investing in human stock 1920-1930


The new history of social investment in education


Impact on teachers – teachers no more as educators but social workers


Conclusion. Education in the post-welfare state



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