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Title: Normalising standards in educational complexity: A network analysis
Authors: Fenwick, Tara
Contact Email: tara.fenwick@stir.ac.uk
Editors: Osberg, Deborah
Biesta, Gert
Citation: Fenwick T (2010) Normalising standards in educational complexity: A network analysis. In: Osberg Deborah, Biesta Gert (ed.). Complexity Theory and the Politics of Education, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 57-68.
Keywords: complexity theory
workplace learning
standards
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Sense Publishers
Abstract: The proliferation of transnational workplace sites has strengthened the demands for consistent standards of practice and operation. These are increasingly applied and regulated internationally through technologies such as ISO 9000. Workplace learning programs have been designed to reduce variation in skills and procedures at the local level, and to increase individuals’ compliance with regulatory manuals, audit forms, error reports etc. Yet at the same time, a key emphasis for organizations attempting to survive amidst global competition is to increase innovation across different units and different operation levels. This push for innovation has been coupled with ideals of a learning organization wherein all employees are supposed to learn continuously, e.g. to increase variation. This paper explores the organizational tension between centrally imposed demands for both standardized practice and innovative challenges to existing standards that often produces complete separation of design and execution functions, sometimes into sites located in different countries. It shows how in practice, workers continue to experiment and learn in ways that deliberately subvert reductionist standards measures, or that produce local innovations that are unrecognized by these measures.
Rights: Published in Complexity Theory and the Politics of Education by SensePublishers: https://www.sensepublishers.com/
Type: Part of book or chapter of book
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/3646
URL: https://www.sensepublishers.com/product_info.php?products_id=1064&osCsid=1a7
Affiliation: Education

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