Future jamming : Rhetoric of new knowledge in Finnish educational policy texts

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Säntti , J , Hansen , P & Saari , A 2021 , ' Future jamming : Rhetoric of new knowledge in Finnish educational policy texts ' , Policy Futures in Education , vol. 19 , no. 7 , 1478210320985705 , pp. 859-876 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1478210320985705

Title: Future jamming : Rhetoric of new knowledge in Finnish educational policy texts
Author: Säntti, Janne; Hansen, Petteri; Saari, Antti
Contributor organization: Hu­man­it­ies and So­cial Sci­ences Edu­ca­tion (Hu­SoEd)
Department of Education
AGORA for the study of social justice and equality in education -research centre
Date: 2021-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Policy Futures in Education
ISSN: 1478-2103
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1478210320985705
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/340799
Abstract: The future is rarely problematised in education even though it is self-evident in everyday schoolwork and present also in the management of education. However, we should understand how different future visions influence our understanding of education. In this paper, we apply rhetorical analysis and study how the future of education is rhetorically constructed in Finnish policy texts. Also, we analyze the special characteristic of Finnish future visions, which are based on the idea of Finnish education being top-notch. We focus explicitly on the idea of knowledge and its future relations in school education. In our data, the current school is rhetorically contrasted with the future one. This hastens the need to modernize Finnish school system. This view is reinforced by the needs of the economy and working life. Pathos is frequently used as a rhetorical strategy. Finns are warned about remaining in the past and obliged to change their education immediately. Future visions of Finnish education seem to be limited only to positive aspects.
Subject: School education
policy documents
rhetorical analysis
future policies
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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