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Adatok az oktatáspolitika és a kutatás közti térben
Data Use – Educational Research and Educational Policy

Author(s): Zsuzsanna Veroszta
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, State/Government and Education, Methodology and research technology, Policy, planning, forecast and speculation
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: education; educational research; educational policy; decision-making processes; data use; research;

Summary/Abstract: This study examines the role of the ”evidence-based” approach when dealing with decision-making processes in educational policy. There are several factors that make it difficult to efficiently use data based on sociological research in the fact of policy making. Nevertheless, expectations as regards basing decisions on actual data (if not on direct evidence) in policy and in political discourse are stronger now than ever. The study reviews the nature of data use in social science in contrast with that for natural sciences - and also the nature of research data in contrast with that of statistical data. In a wider context, it additionally examines the real role played by research in policy making. Then, as a specific example of data gathering and interpretation, the study enumerates possible approaches when examining young graduates’ careers - and analyzes critical theoretical and methodolgical issues following on from this.

  • Issue Year: 20/2011
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 521-534
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Hungarian