Die ökonomische Funktion der Zeit in erziehungs-wissenschaftlichen Diskursen

Edgar Forster und Madeleine Scherrer

The economic function of time in discourses on educational research

This paper provides an exploration of the notion of time in discourses on educational research from a historical-epistemological perspective. The analysis of the status of ‘time’ as an epistemological object suggests a convergence between the application of time in educational theory and the current economic transformation of society. On the basis of Gary Becker’s approach of human capital, we analyze discourses on early childhood education and ‘time windows’ as well as research programs in education.

Keywords: time, commodification, historical epistemology, science studies, human capital theory, homo oeconomicus