Policy, paradigms, and partnership potential: rethinking the governance of learning networks
Kamp, Annelies (2013) Policy, paradigms, and partnership potential: rethinking the governance of learning networks. In: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 27 April - 3 May 2013, San Francisco, CA.
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**IP Unitl May 3**This paper engages with the idea of ‘joining-up’ as an increasingly common policy response by governments internationally in the face of so-called ‘wicked problems’ (Rittel and Webber 1973). In particular, the paper concerns the problem of young people in transition from a primary role in engaging with and progressing through the levels of formal education to a sustainable engagement in the increasingly fragmented labor markets that are the motor of individualized risk in the context of the risk society (Beck 1992). Drawing on seminal organizational theory, the paper takes up a a metaphorical lens to critique the governance arrangements that have evolved in concert with such policy responses. The paper proceeds in the following stages. Firstly, the problem of youth transition and its interface with socio-economic factors will be framed. Secondly, the policy response introduced in the research context ¬¬— the state of Victoria in Australia — will be sketched. Finally, the metaphorical underpinnings of the governance arrangements that were implemented as part of the policy will be critiqued. The paper closes with some thoughts for reflection.
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