With an ambition to strengthen the pivotal role of knowledge and science in society, Malmö University has set out to host a series of top quality seminars, start autumn 2017. With a total of six seminars, the series Knowledge for Change will highlight topics related to societal challenges.  We want to inspire cross-disciplinary discussions and cultivate relations and alliances both in and outside of academia – locally and globally.

Knowledge for Change #2
The Promise of Empirical Evidence and Benchmarks: The Lorelei’s Whispers

Professor Thomas S. Popkewitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Guest professor at the Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University.

Lecture
Title: The Promise of Empirical Evidence and Benchmarks: the Lorelei’s Whispers.
October 17, 2017 at Malmö University.

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Article
Professor Thomas S. Popkewitz article related to and with the same title as the keynote topic (preamble) :
There is a “commonsense” in the contemporary use of benchmarks and finding empirical evidence as a way of reasoning about change and quality. That common sense is that the correct mixture of research and policy will provide the pathways for effective change. This notion of change has produced prominent sets of connections between educational sectors, comparative research about the metrics of educational performance and policy in many countries, such as Sweden. The assessments are tied to a variety of models designed to change social welfare agencies, universities and national educational systems.

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Knowledge for Change #1
Seeking a Larger Purpose: Espousing a New Flagship Model

Professor John A. Douglass, University of California, Berkeley.

Lecture
Title:  Seeking a Larger Purpose: Espousing a New Flagship Model.
September 14, 2017 at Malmö University.

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