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ERIC Number: EJ924356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Can We Escape the Program? Inventing Possible-Impossible Futures in/for Australian Educational Research
Gough, Noel
Australian Educational Researcher, v37 n4 p9-42 Dec 2010
This essay brings together two lines of inquiry. Firstly, I revisit research on futures in education conducted during the 1980s and re-examine some of the propositions and principles that this research generated about "the future" as an object of inquiry in education. Secondly, I argue that the language of complexity invites us to rethink education in terms of emergence, and potentially destabilises the instrumentalist rationality that "programs" educational systems to privilege orderly and predictable processes culminating in stable output, a potentiality that may be undermined by a pervasive politics of complexity reduction. I conclude by drawing upon these two lines of inquiry to outline some strategies that might resist complexity reduction and catalyse emergence in Australian educational research as preconditions for inventing possible-impossible futures. (Contains 23 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia