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European Educational Research (Re‑)Constructed
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Oxford Studies in Comparative Education

European Educational Research (Re‑)Constructed

institutional change in Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway, and the European Union

MIKE ZAPP, MARCELO MARQUES, JUSTIN J.W. POWELL & with contributions by Gert Biesta & Jo B. Helgetun

2018 paperback 240 pages, £42.00, ISBN 978-1-910744-02-4

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This book examines contemporary educational research and its governance, addressing key questions via a multidisciplinary theoretical framework of comparative institutional analysis with original data and applying multiple methods. The authors explore and explain important changes in the governance of educational research and the contents of scholarship in education and related disciplines across Europe since the 1990s. This volume synthesizes findings from a multi-year comparative research project, including in-depth empirical case studies of three distinct educational research cultures evolving in Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom. The authors reconstruct and compare changing conceptualizations of educational research, embedded in increasingly internationalized contexts of research, and examine shifts in its governance, including patterns of funding, publication, and evaluation. They examine the producers of European educational research and the distinct role of the European Union in constructing a European Educational Research Area, in establishing cross-border networks, and in (re)shaping educational research agendas. Through innovative empirical analysis of programs of research on various levels and education researchers’ collaborations in scientific networks, they provide insights into (supra)national dynamics in education-related scholarship. Theory-guided content analysis of research projects funded by leading national funding agencies and by the most highly developed supranational research funding instrument – the EU Framework Programme – enables the authors to embed findings on Germany, the United Kingdom, and Norway in a broader European perspective.


Justin J.W. Powell, Mike Zapp, Marcelo Marques & Gert Biesta. Introduction. (Re)Constructing Institutional Change in European Educational Research
Mike Zapp, Justin J.W. Powell & Marcelo Marques. Theorizing Institutional Change in Educational Research (Governance)
Mike Zapp & Justin J.W. Powell. (Re)Shaping the Educational Research Field in Germany and the Impact of International Large-scale Assessments
Marcelo Marques. In the Name of Quality! Normative Pressures and Changing Legitimacy of Educational Research through Evaluation in the UK
Jo B. Helgetun, Justin J.W. Powell & Mike Zapp. Governing Educational Research in Norway: coercion, cooperation or consensus?
Marcelo Marques. Organizational Networks in Educational Research in Europe: interconnections and stratification in EU framework programs (1994-2003)
Mike Zapp, Marcelo Marques & Justin J.W. Powell. Comparing Institutional Change of Educational Research Governance in Germany, the UK, Norway and the EU
Marcelo Marques, Mike Zapp, Justin J.W. Powell & Gert Biesta. Continuity and Change in Educational Research: comparing educational research contents in Germany, the UK, Norway and the EU, 1994-2015
Mike Zapp, Marcelo Marques & Justin J.W. Powell. On the Future of Educational Research (Governance)
Notes on Contributors


Gert Biesta, PhD, is Professor of Education at Brunel University London and NIVOZ Professsor for Education at the University of Humanistic Studies, the Netherlands. He has published extensively on the theory and philosophy of education and on educational and social research, including The Beautiful Risk of Education (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2014), winner of the AERA Division B Outstanding Book Award.

Jo B. Helgetun, MA, is Doctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for the Analysis of Change in Contemporary and Historical Societies at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His current research focuses on the national trajectories of education policy reform and their embeddedness in the global education policy field.

Marcelo Marques, MA, is Doctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Education and Society at the University of Luxembourg. His current research focuses on institutional change in educational research in England and on the processes of the Europeanization of education.

Justin J.W. Powell, Dr. phil., is Professor of Sociology of Education in the Institute of Education and Society at the University of Luxembourg. His research centers on the comparative institutional analysis of education and science systems. Recent books include Comparing Special Education (Stanford University Press, 2011; with J.G. Richardson), which received an Outstanding Book Award (AERA Division B, 2012); and The Century of Science: the global triumph of the research university (Emerald, 2017; co-edited with D.P. Baker and F. Fernandez), given the Award for Significant Research on International Higher Education (ASHE, 2017).

Mike Zapp, Dr. phil., has been Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Education and Society at the University of Luxembourg since 2014 and is currently Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Education at Stanford University. He is interested in the international diffusion of institutional models in education and research with a special focus on the role of international organizations.

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