ERIC Number: ED407363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Rationality, Technology and Reform: Examining the "Governmentality" of Certification Change.
Heyning, Katharina E.
This study explored the university/state relationship during a time of teacher education certification reform at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Data for the study consisted of archival texts including elementary education area faculty meeting minutes and departmental memos, creating a case study of reform. Michel Foucault's notion of governmentality was utilized to frame the examination in a way that would draw attention to the power relationships and historical constructions within the institution. The text was examined for evidence of political relationships and technologies of rule. Two issues were addressed: (1) how the relationship between the university and the state was made visible in terms of political rationalities; and (2) which governmental technologies of the state and the university were visible in the text during the construction of the PK-3 program and how each one was discussed. The study concluded that several political technologies were visible in the text, including a moral or political framework, excess documentation, and time-dependency. Additionally, when examining the government processes through the guise of governmentality, the university/state dichotomy dissolved. (Contains 49 references.) (Author/ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A