Educating for the Future? Mapping the Emerging Lines of Precision Education Governance

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Managing the future has become one of the major focuses of global governance in education. In its current mode, education seems unable to answer the needs and interests of the market and future megatrends, such as globalisation and digitalisation. Calls for precision education to introduce the usage of digital platforms, artificial intelligence in education, and knowledge from the behavioural and life sciences are getting a foothold in widening powerful networks of strengthening global governance and EdTech business. By bringing together some of the emerging changes in education governance, in this article we argue for a new constitution of governance, precision education governance. Precision education governance combines three overlapping and strengthening lines of governance: (i) global governance of education, (ii) marketisation, privatisation and digitalisation, and (iii) behavioural and life sciences as the basis for managing the future education. In the article, we highlight the importance in bringing these so far separately studied lines together to understand how they shape the aims and outcomes of education, knowledge and understanding of human subjectivity more thoroughly than before.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPolicy Futures in Education
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)731-744
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Precision education governance
  • behavioural and life sciences
  • datafication
  • digitalisation
  • marketisation
  • privatisation

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