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13:00 - 14:00 21 September 2016

Early Years Intervention, Evidence-Based Policy, and the Crisis of Replicability


G5 | Room G5, 9-11 Endsleigh Gardens
UCL Institute of Education | London | WC1H 0ED | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Academic
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Rosalind Edwards, Professor of Sociology, University of Southampton, Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology, a co-director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and Social Sciences Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Southampton. She is also an elected member of the Academy of Social Sciences. Rosalind has a methodological interest in micro-level historical comparative research and qualitative longitudinal research, and her area of substantive expertise is family studies. Recent book publications include Understanding Families Over Time (2014), and What is Qualitative Interviewing? (2013). Forthcoming books include Paradata, Marginalia and Fieldnotes and Early Years Intervention: Nation, Capital and Brains.

In this paper we highlight some critical issues in the way that an issue is framed as a problem in policy-making and the consequent means of taming that problem, to focus on the use and implications of brain science claims in early years intervention policy and practice. We will look at the contradictory set of motifs framing the state of ‘evidence’ of what works in intervention in the early years, and the (mis)use of neuroscientific images and discourse to frame deficient parenting as causing inequalities and support particular policy directions. We consider the politics of evidence about early years intervention in the context of what has been referred to as the crisis of replicability, affecting neuroimaging and evaluation studies of parenting interventions. We will also address the way that that using expedient brain claims as a framing and taming justification for early years policy and their adoption by early years practitioners is entrenching gendered and classed understandin


Dylan Kneale
+44 20 7612 6020 | d.kneale@ucl.ac.uk


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