Transversing the vertical case study: A methodological approach to studies of educational policy as practice

Lesley Bartlett, Frances Vavrus

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Abstract

How can scholars trace the global production and circulation of educational policies? The vertical case study incorporates three elements: "vertical" attention across micro-, meso-, and macro-levels, or scales; a "horizontal" comparison of how policies unfold in distinct locations; and a "transversal," processual analysis of the creative appropriation of educational policies across time. The second half of the article draws upon an ethnographic study of learner-centered pedagogy in Tanzania to exemplify the vertical case study approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-147
Number of pages17
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Actor-network theory
  • Educational policy
  • Learner-centered pedagogy
  • Multisited ethnography
  • Tanzania

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