The following paper is the result of a collaboration between the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and four students of educational sciences at Roskilde University. The paper is an investigation into the topic of auditing and evaluation in DEMA’s educational department. In an effort to understand auditing and evaluation as a grander discourse in the field of government and education, DEMA is used as a case example.
Utilizing Dahler-Larsen’s ideas of auditing as a process of unchallenged challenging, this project questions DEMA’s motivations for the use of auditing. In this analysis ideas of power is brought into play, as it investigates the possibilities and disputes connected with auditing and evaluation. Through the use of Foucault and Deans ideas of governmentality, it is identified how a powerful discourse of auditing is at state, and how auditing is understood as a production of truth. A truth upon which it is possible to act. This power is mediated through the production of knowledge. As DEMA is working in the field of disaster prevention, we draw upon ideas of the Risk Society as portrayed by Beck and Hunt, in an understanding of the motivations for the use of auditing and evaluation. This analysis also questions the motivations for DEMA’s educational department, to engage in collaboration with a university. It is made clear how the manager of the department is interested in collaborating with universities, as he is striving for the renewal of DEMA’s ways of handling the concepts of auditing and with this learning. We question how this paper is a part of the managers “professional clean-up project (fagligt oprydningsprojekt)”. A project aimed at eradicating “old school” ideas of learning and auditing. The last chapter of the paper puts these findings into perspective through a discussion of how DEMA’s use of auditing is a part of a broader discourse. A discourse entailing the use of scientific enquiry in governing a society striving for security and certainty.
|Uddannelser||Pædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||6 jun. 2016|