Referentiality mechanisms in EU education policy-making: the case of the European Education Area

Kushnir, I. ORCID: 0000-0003-0727-7208, 2021. Referentiality mechanisms in EU education policy-making: the case of the European Education Area. European Journal of Education. ISSN 0141-8211 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

In 2017, the EU initiated the development of the European Education Area (EEA). Herein, the referentiality approach frames an original and timely inquiry into how EU policy-makers explain the reasons for the development of the EEA. This inquiry relies on thematic analysis of relevant key policy materials, produced by the European Commission and the Council of the EU. The findings highlight a range of internal and external referentiality mechanisms that EU policy-makers use as sources of authority to justify the development of the EEA. Internal references are related mainly to education traditions in the EU as a strong foundation for the EEA and the source of its ideas; the beliefs that the EEA can help overcome the interlocking crises the EU has faced in its recent past in the area of education as well as more generally; as well as the organisation of the EEA as part of the functioning of the EU, with both mutually shaping each other. External references are used to build on this and boost the competitiveness of EU’s education and the EU as a region in the world. These findings address important gaps of our knowledge about EU policy-makers’ reasons for the development of the EEA. They enrich the limited literature about the EEA, make a theoretical contribution by extending the application of the referentiality approach and call policy actors at all levels of the EEA to facilitate a shared understanding of the reasons for the development of the EEA to ensure that their work serves EEA’s purpose.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Education
Creators: Kushnir, I.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 22 February 2021
ISSN: 0141-8211
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Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Mar 2021 11:08
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2021 11:08
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42585

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