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Professional Life and Work

Professional Knowledge and Educational Restructuring in Europe

Developing a Conceptual Framework for Understanding


Restructuring as a World Movement

Our ProfKnow studies have employed Meyer’s concept of educational reform as ‘world movements’ embodying some of the features of more broadly-conceived social movements (Meyer, 1992).

This text deals with educational restructuring as a “world movement” and has the ambition to use this framing for furthering our understandings of the harmonisation of re-structuring policies and its relation to teacher’s professional knowledge in seven European Countries. Considering the complexity of social life our question is: how could the world movement argument qualify as a non-universal concept that gives space both to diversities and to dynamic change and transitions?

It is from this perspective, (with reference to Foss Lindblad, Zambeta & de Lima, 2007) that we will discuss the circulation of models, standards and ideas involved in educational restructuring from two alternative understandings of such flows of disseminated objects; by way of diffusion and by way of translation (see Serres, 1983; Latour 1990) and make use of some arguments about this distinction that we have borrowed from the actor-network theory horizon, as well as from the Scandinavian form of institutionalist theory. According to both models, each, flow will be in need of some mediator/s, a “something” that disseminates and embodies the flow and, also, have the power to interrupt a flow, make it stop, continue or make it non-working. The differences between the two models lie in how an eventual change in meaning, use or practices should be understood and what it is that decides the destiny of a flow (whether or not it will die or eventually grow strong). Additionally, the performative and active nature of translation, a phenomenon which also has been called imitation (Di Maggio and Powell; 1983) as well as hybridization (Boyer, 1996), stands in brief contrast to the possibility of a stable and unchangeable nature assumed for disseminated objects.

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Professional Knowledge and Educational Restructuring in Europe
  • Date of publication: 01/01/2010
  • Number of pages (as Word doc): 124
  • Publisher: Sense Publishers
  • Co-author: Goodson, I. F., & Lindblad, S. (Eds.)
  • Subject:
    Professional Life and Work
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    Professional Knowledge and Educational Restructuring in Europe
  • Number of editions: 1
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  • Price of book: $39
  • ISBN: 978-94-6091-377-8
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