Education research Australia: A changing ecology of knowledge and practice

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Seddon, Terri, Bennett, Dawn, Bennett, Sue, Bobis, Janette, Chan, Philip, Harrison, Neil and Shore, Sue. (2013). Education research Australia: A changing ecology of knowledge and practice. Australian Educational Researcher. 40(4), pp. 433 - 451. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-013-0104-1
AuthorsSeddon, Terri, Bennett, Dawn, Bennett, Sue, Bobis, Janette, Chan, Philip, Harrison, Neil and Shore, Sue
Abstract

Processes of national research assessment, such as Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) are a type of audit technology that confronts and steers established institutional identities and traditions. This nexus between policy and practice drives boundary work that diffracts prevailing policy logics, organisational practices, and habits of mind. We use this notion of ‘boundary work’ as an analytical lens for understanding the nature and effects of ERA in the Australian educational research space. This paper explains the methodology that informed the AARE–ACDE research reported in Strategic Capacity Building for Australian Educational Research. It documents the policy logic of ERA and the way it cuts across the established ecology of educational research, revealing social and symbolic work that is remaking the boundaries of educational research. We report on the historical trajectory of Australian educational research, the way ERA codes research outputs, and how educational researchers are repositioning in this shifting research space. We argue that there are specific loci of boundary work where capacity building in Australian educational research can make a difference to future educational knowledge building.

Keywordseducational research; ERA; research assessment; knowledge-based regulatory tools; social ecology; boundary work
Year2013
JournalAustralian Educational Researcher
Journal citation40 (4), pp. 433 - 451
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
ISSN0311-6999
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-013-0104-1
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84887272360
Page range433 - 451
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Place of publicationNetherlands
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