Gatekeeping education research

Filling the pail

An amusing post has been published over at the Australian Association for Research in Education’s (AARE) blog site. It’s amusing for the song beneath the words; for the kinds of values that researchers will come out of their corners and fight for.

This time, Emma Rowe and Trevor Gale pour cold water on what might initially seem like an odd target: a promise made by the Australian Labor Party to set up an educational research unit if it wins the next election. You might think that education researchers would welcome such a move. But not in this case.

There are some valid concerns about Labor’s new policy. For a start, it naively seeks to ‘take the politics out of the classroom’. This could be difficult in an environment where armies of researchers are busying themselves trying to insert as much politics as possible into the classroom. Who will run this…

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