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ERIC Number: EJ907898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Educational Research and Strategies of World-Forming: The Globe, the Unconscious, and the Child
Baker, Bernadette
Australian Educational Researcher, v36 n3 p1-41 Dec 2009
In this article, the author revisits the interlinked conceptualizations of globe, of an unconscious, and of the child, which subtly shape repetitively appearing issues that educational research now entails, confronts, and works through. By looking exclusively at institutional structures, educational policy, or classroom-based interactions, the author examines strategies of world-forming, their critique, fracturation, and seepage as a site of the politics of education. In the first section, she points to some messy and numberless beginnings of a particular nexus--a modernity-science-nation-West nexus that came to operate as a new horizon of enactment and dominant template for World. This is approached through contemporary debates within and beyond postcolonial technoscience research. In the second and third sections, she examines strategies of Western world-forming within educational research that unfolded amid what Peter Wagner (1994) calls crises of modernity. Here, she suggests that globe, unconscious, and child operate in refigured form to template World as automatically Western, a situation in which polis is reduced to management, the otherworldly is abjected or privatized, and evaluation is proffered as a response to a new version of the "problem" of difference. (Contains 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment