To know ourselves?: research, data and policy-making in the Scottish education system

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Author: Howieson, Cathy; Croxford, Linda


This paper considers the role of independent research in helping an education and training system 'know itself', illustrating this through the experience of the Centre for Educational Sociology (CES) of which David Raffe was a member and director. It highlights the tensions in the research-policy relationship arising from the different 'normative worlds' of researchers and policy makers, and their priorities at each stage of the policy cycle. It shows how such tensions have been evident in the research-policy relationship in Scotland pre- and post-devolution and points out the importance...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Policy; Research; Governance

Keywords: Education and training system; Data collecting; Policy formation

Geographic subjects: Scotland; Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 30

Journal number: 7

Journal date: 2017

Pages: pp. 700-711

ISSN: 1363-9080, 1469-9435 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 131.166

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