Article from the author : CARVALHO Luis Miguel

Forms of Acknowledged Knowledge in School Sex Education Policies

Several forms of knowledge were taken into account by policy and administration actors during the introduction of sex education within schools in Portugal (mid-nineties-2007). From the assemblage of different kinds of knowledge emerges another one providing methodological guidance to practices that create consensus on ’what works’. Read more ...


Searching for ‘what works’: Knowledge-Policy Configurations in Sex Education

This excerpt is retrieved from a report on the public action relative to the introduction of sex education in schools in Portugal in the period between 1984 (date of the first decree approved by the Parliament on the matter – Law 3/84) and 2009 (date of the last decree passed by Parliament on the matter – Law 60/2009). The text gives an interpretative analysis on two main knowledge-policy configurations identified along the making of school sexual education policies in Portugal: «committees... Read more ...


Studying the Construction of a “Knowledge-Based Regulation Tool”: Conceptual Issues

How has the OECD’s comparative inquiry on student performances (PISA) been constructed (and evolved over time, 1997-2007)? What kind of relationships has it established between knowledge and policy? In order to answer these questions we’ve studied PISA as an entity of complex multiple activities through which diverse social actors are engaged in the production, dissemination and use of ‘knowledge for... Read more ...


The experts mirror: an independent authority over “reality”?

How can knowledge generated by the PISA survey be converted into usable information for policy-makers? In this excerpt, we analyze how the OECD developed PISA as a credible and useful tool for the exercise of government power and/or government scrutiny. Read more ...


Cognitive and Normative Features of a “Knowledge-Based Regulation Tool”: The Case of OECD’s PISA

OECD’s PISA is a knowledge-based and knowledge-generating device that combines technical and social components, takes part in establishing regulations for the coordination and control of public action in education, operates several core categories of schooling, and to a certain extent rewrites the educational model for contemporary societies. Read more ...


CARVALHO Luis Miguel

E-mail: lmcarvalho fpce.ul.pt


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