If the Indicator Game is the Answer, Then What is the Question?

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society

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Field Value
 
Title If the Indicator Game is the Answer, Then What is the Question?
 
Creator Irwin, Alan
 
Subject STS
indicators; metrics; academic careers
 
Description This contribution begins by arguing that indicators in themselves do not have effects, but that it is crucial to understand which questions in the wider culture and governance of academia their use speaks to. Drawing partly on the author’s own experience in university management but also as an STS scholar, five important questions are presented to which indicators provide a kind of answer: ranging from public accountability over public research investment to intellectual and existential uncertainty. It is argued that understanding the wider institutional and professional logics is crucial if “better tunes” are to be developed in response to the indicator game: both to strengthen the standing and identity of the field and to support emerging scholars in this challenging context. The paper closes by inviting STSers––and particularly our professional institutions––to celebrate and, at the same time, take a stand for our diverse values, academic practices and notions of quality.
 
Publisher The Society for Social Studies of Science
 
Contributor None
 
Date 2017-02-17
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
Essay
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://estsjournal.org/article/view/110
10.17351/ests2017.110
 
Source Engaging Science, Technology, and Society; Vol 3 (2017); 64-72
2413-8053
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://estsjournal.org/article/view/110/79
 
Coverage International
Since 1986

 
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Alan Irwin
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
 

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