The focus of my PhD is the national testing system within Danish public elementary schools. Adopting an STS approach my project explores how one critical component of the test, its adaptive algorithm, constructs a standard for student skills and how this standard is interpreted, negotiated, and used, with a specific focus on school management´s relations with teachers and municipalities.
The research will be ethnographically driven, and I hope to conduct fieldwork within several schools around the country.
The project is a collaboration between the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at CBS and UCC’s research programme in Leadership and Organisational Learning.
Primary research areas
Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Big Data and Algorithms
Standardization and Information Infrastructures
Welfare Management and Digitalization in the Public Sector
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Laura Høvsgaard / Standardising the ‘Good Student’ : Adaptability and Algorithms in Danish School Testing. In: Abstracts: Third Nordic Science and Technology Conference. Gothenburg : Göteborg Universitet 2017, 1 p., p. 97