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Open Access Contributions of Stephen J. Ball to the research on educational and curriculum policies in Brazil

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This article aims at showcasing the main contributions of Stephen J. Ball to educational research in Brazil, particularly to the study of educational and curriculum policies. We also highlight some of the limitations in the incorporation of Ball's ideas in Brazil as well as some of the challenges that these author's ideas pose to Brazilian researchers. The article points out to the ability of Ball's work to inspire a critical analysis of educational and curriculum policies and of the outcomes and consequences of these policies to different social classes. Due to the richness and depth of Ball's work, the article indicates that it would be crucial for Brazilian researchers to explore a wider variety of Ball's texts, with the goal of understanding how he operates with the concepts and theories and how he develops his analyses. This task would also contribute to a better quality of research in Brazil, particularly for those researchers that already have been using Ball's work as a reference.

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Keywords: EDUCATIONAL POLICY; EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH; STEPHEN J. BALL

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 2013

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  • Founded in 2003 by the UCL Institute of Education, the journal reflects the Institute's broad interests in all types of education in all contexts - local, national, global - and its commitment to analysis across disciplines using a variety of methodologies. It shares the Institute's aspiration to interrogate links between research, policy and practice, and its principled concern for social justice.

    Drawing on these strengths, LRE is a wide-ranging and engaging journal that features rigorous analysis and significant research across key themes in education, including: public goals and policies; pedagogy; curriculum; organization; resources and technology; and institutional effectiveness. Articles and book reviews are written by experts in education, psychology, sociology, policy studies, philosophy and other disciplines contributing to education research, and by experienced researcher-practitioners working in the field. The highest quality of reporting and presentation are ensured through an independent, anonymised peer-review process. As an entirely web-based open access journal, LRE has been able to offer innovative features and formats including: epistolary conversation; colour photos and illustrations; illustrative video clips.

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