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onsdag den 20. juni 2012

GRATIS: PhD defence Helene Ratner

29 June 2012
2 pm – 4 pm
Copenhagen Business School
Porcelænshaven 26
2000 Frederiksberg
Room: PH407

Promises of Reflexivity

Managing and Researching Inclusive Schools
In order to obtain the PhD degree Helene Ratner has submitted her PhD thesis.
This thesis examines “reflexivity” as the key theme for understanding how Danish school managers work with the currently influential political vision of including students with special needs in the common school. Pedagogical scholars and recent policy initiatives posit that schools can achieve the much-wanted cultural change towards inclusion if teachers reflect on their mindsets and practices. Existing knowledge practices are depicted as too “durable” with the unintended side-effects of segregation and budget overruns, and school managers are expected to make teachers change their practices through (self-) reflexivity.

This thesis draws on theoretical concepts developed in social anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, and actor-network theory to analyze how the social constructivist notion of reflexivity informs school management practices, both in terms of the hopes it gives rise to, the complications and accountability relations it brings about, and its politics of potentiality and deferral of complexity to future settlements.
Associate Professor Christian Borch
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Associate Professor Casper Bruun Jensen
IT University of Copenhagen
Professor Steve Woolgar
Saïd Business School
Assessment Committee:
Associate Professor Peter Kjær (Chair)
Department of Organization
Copenhagen Business School

Professor Steve Brown
University of Leicester

Professor Dorthe Staunæs
Aarhus University
Everyone is welcome to attend the defence, which will take place in English.
The defence will be followed by a reception in Porcelænshaven.

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