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Educational Dystopias: Interrogating Education Reforms from Comparative Perspectives

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Comparative Education and Development

This special issue interrogates existing educational policy reforms and particularly unchallenged views that "reforms" automatically translate to positive outcomes. Invited articles to this special issue are encouraged to adopt pertinent aspects of dystopian narratives to raise questions about education reforms located in different contexts. This special issue especially welcomes critiques of how contemporary movements, dictated primarily by neo-liberal tendencies, such as ubiquitous technology, increased datafication, heightened accountability alongside international testing regimes and private and public partnerships represented by network forms of governance create an education system that is no longer really public but a constantly changing hybrid.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following three themes:

1. Issues that address complexities arising from contemporary trends in education reform;

2. Critical discussion of alternative perspectives to current issues and challenges encounters by different education systems caught in the midst of education reform implementation that results in dystopian outcomes;

3. Debates and dialogues in relation to the impact of performativity and increased datafication on education reform agendas in different contexts.

Submissions to the special issue must be made through the ScholarOne Manuscripts submission system: Please ensure you select the correct special issue title from the dropdown list on page 4 of the submissions process.

Deadline for submission of full papers: October 31, 2018

To discuss your research, or for any questions relating to the special issue, please contact the guest editors:

Vicente Chua Reyes, Jr,

Robert Lingard