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Knowledge in policyEmbodied, inscribed, enacted$
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Richard Freeman and Steve Sturdy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309987

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309987.001.0001

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Reconstructing school inspectorates in Europe

Reconstructing school inspectorates in Europe

the role of inscribed knowledge

(p.103) SIX Reconstructing school inspectorates in Europe
Knowledge in policy

Sotiria Grek

Policy Press

School inspection was once firmly rooted in the local knowledge and individual authority of the inspector. Now, with the progress of cross-national comparison and benchmarking, this knowledge is internationally distributed and recognised. This chapter identifies inscription as a critical moment in the development and application of standards across countries. It traces the development of SICI, the Standing International Conference of Inspectorates, in order to reveal the emergent tensions between embodied judgement and new forms of documented knowledge. This chapter is about how largely disconnected policy communities come together to redefine and modernise what they do – and above all, protect their internal, local standing by seeking external support and ideas. If inspectors have traditionally been the embodiment of external control in the life of the school, inscribed and documented benchmarks and other comparative data now have an important bearing on the ways that inspection is being enacted.

Keywords:   education, school inspection, inscription, school comparison, school evaluation, benchmarks, education standards, knowledge in policy, Europeanisation

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