Interpreting the circulation of educational discourse across space: searching for new vocabularies

Jason Beech, Alejandro Artopoulos

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This article argues that certain established vocabularies that are used to interpret the circulation of educational discourse and its transformation in different settings have significant limitations to capture the complexity inherent to new geographies of power/knowledge in education and that, consequently, we need to develop new concepts to analyse the movement of educational discourses across space. After a critique of concepts such as ‘transfer’ and ‘policy borrowing’, we offer an alternative kind of approach by using Actor-Network Theory (ANT) to briefly analyse Conectar Igualdad, a program in Argentina that distributes one computer per student in secondary schools. It will be shown how the use ANT can make certain connections visible that would not be so noticeable using the established vocabularies discussed above.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-271
Number of pages21
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Actor-Network Theory
  • comparative education
  • globalisation and education
  • policy borrowing

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