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Social alkymi, konsekration, reproduktion: resume, analyse og kritik af Evaluering afforskningsrådssystemet i Danmark
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2011 (Danish)In: Praktiske grunde. Tidsskrift for kultur og samfunnsvitenskab, ISSN 1902-2271, Vol. 5, no 1, 26-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Applying the theories by Durkheim, Wittgenstein, Bourdieu, Lundgren and Callewaert the article analyses the social and symbolic function of the 2009 evaluation of the Danish Advisory and Funding System for Research as well as of the Danish Advisory and Funding System for Research itself (the evaluand). The analysis in the article sets out from the analyses of evaluations in the author’s dissertation. In the present article the perspective is widened from evaluations to other judgments not regarded as or named evaluations.

Both evaluation and evaluand operate within an instrumental positivist framework suggesting that applying the method methodically guarantees the quality of the outcome. Durkheim’s theory of different forms of knowledge is applied to distinguish between theoretical theory (science) and practical theory respectively. Wittgenstein discusses that following a rule implies more than the rule; Bourdieu implies that following a rule implies habitus. Both these discussions are applied to the analyses, showing that the implied evaluations are performed by political-administrative habitus and not by scientific reconstruction. The work of Lundgren and Callewaert are applied as more recent examples of theories about evaluations/pedagogy.

As a relatively original contribution the notion the proper pedagogical function is introduced as synonymous to the social and symbolic function. The proper pedagogical function of both the evaluation the evaluand are constructed; in turn the evaluation and the evaluand are constructed as New-Public-Management tools – each one out of several sorting steps in a societal sorting mechanism, firstly promoting research within a framework of instrumental positivism, and thus secondly reproducing an existing social order.

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København: HEXIS , 2011. Vol. 5, no 1, 26-42 p.
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Evaluation, evaluation research, university management, The Danish Advisory and Funding System for Research/forskningsrådssystemet i Danmark, instrumental positivism, social reproduction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-159195OAI: diva2:443374
Available from: 2011-09-26 Created: 2011-09-24 Last updated: 2011-09-26Bibliographically approved

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