ERIC Number: EJ1021653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
A Genealogy of the "Future": Antipodean Trajectories and Travels of the "21st Century Learner"
Williams, Carolyn; Gannon, Susanne; Sawyer, Wayne
Journal of Education Policy, v28 n6 spec iss p792-806 2013
In this paper, from the particular positioning of educational researchers working in Australia, we unpack the figure of the "21st century learner" from both broad and specific perspectives. The paper begins with a policy genealogy that traces this figure through networks of documents, events and bodies that transcend borders and hemispheres. We suggest that although there appear to be multiple origins for current Australian policies on educational innovation, they are intricately entangled and interdependent. We identify the steady "economisation" of the learner, and a concomitant corporatisation of educational innovation. The second section of the paper presents a discursive analysis of an extract from a recent book that frames up educational innovation through technology in order to further trace the operations of these regimes of thought. Our analysis here indicates the kind of critical work that needs to be done to interrogate and deconstruct aspects of current education policy.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Innovation, Commercialization, Discourse Analysis, Skills, Competence, Books, National Curriculum, Information Technology, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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