New publication theorising the concept of precision education governance

We are very happy to announce a new publication in Policy Futures in Education -journal by our researchers Katariina Mertanen, Saara Vainio and Kristiina Brunila.  In the article “Educating for the Future? Mapping the Emerging Lines of Precision Education Governance”, Mertanen and colleagues explore changing education governance with the help of three previously distinctly studied “lines”: Global governance of education, digitalisation, marketisation and datafication of education, and introduction of behavioural and life sciences as knowledge-base for education.

The abstract for the article is:

Managing the future has become one of the major focuses of global governance in education. In its current mode, education seems unable to answer the needs and interests of the market and future megatrends, such as globalisation and digitalisation. Calls for precision education to introduce the usage of digital platforms, artificial intelligence in education, and knowledge from the behavioural and life sciences are getting a foothold in widening powerful networks of strengthening global governance and EdTech business. By bringing together some of the emerging changes in education governance, in this article we argue for a new constitution of governance, precision education governance. Precision education governance combines three overlapping and strengthening lines of governance: (i) global governance of education, (ii) marketisation, privatisation and digitalisation, and (iii) behavioural and life sciences as the basis for managing the future education. In the article, we highlight the importance in bringing these so far separately studied lines together to understand how they shape the aims and outcomes of education, knowledge and understanding of human subjectivity more thoroughly than before.

The article is Open Access, and can be found here.

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