Expanding the horizons of the referentiality approach

Kushnir, I. ORCID: 0000-0003-0727-7208, 2015. Expanding the horizons of the referentiality approach. Cambridge Open-Review Educational Research e-Journal (CORERJ), 2, pp. 139-153. ISSN 2056-7804

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The referentiality approach is defined in education policy literature as a theoretical stance that advocates using four main types of mechanisms – externalisation, deterritorialisation, selfreferentiality and reterritorialisation – to provide sources of authority by national policy makers to justify education reforms. This article finds such a conceptualisation of the referentiality approach limited and puts forward the argument that this approach has scope for further development. The example of the analysis of the implementation of the Bologna Process, which is a European intergovernmental higher education policy initiative, in Ukraine is used to illustrate the prospects of the development of the referentiality approach. The argument in the article is developed on the basis of a critical analysis of the literature that uses the referentiality approach, and on the basis of empirical evidence from Ukraine. This evidence contains exemplary extracts from 10 semi-structured interviews with national policy makers, representatives from national and international organisations that deal with higher education in Ukraine, and staff members and instructors at two higher education institutions in Ukraine. Expanding the horizons of the referentiality approach is aimed to contribute to a wider and richer application of the referentiality approach in education policy research.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Publisher website cites Volume 2 2015: http://corerj.educ.cam.ac.uk/archive/(PDF cites Vol. 1, No. 2, 2015).
Publication Title: Cambridge Open-Review Educational Research e-Journal (CORERJ)
Creators: Kushnir, I.
Publisher: University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education
Date: September 2015
Volume: 2
ISSN: 2056-7804
Rights: All papers published in the CORERJ remain the copyright of their authors. Open access policy: Articles published in CORERJ will fall under the Creative Commons (CC) Attibution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence.
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 31 Jul 2018 13:52
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2018 13:52
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34204

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