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ERIC Number: EJ1023002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Policy Writers' Conceptions of Language and Communication within one Higher Education Institution
Philpott, Carey
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v34 n5 p689-702 2013
Ball argues that "policy authors do make concerted efforts to assert control [of readings] by the means at their disposal … [and that] we need to understand those efforts" (Ball, 1994, p. 16). Efforts by policy authors to control readings are influenced by their own assumptions about the nature of language, texts and communication. This paper explores the models of language and communication held by policy writers within one HEI and how these influence the strategies they use to try to control interpretations of policy texts. The dominant conceptions of language and communication that emerge underestimate the active work of the "receivers" of policy texts and the need for shared understanding of the social situation in constructing meanings. This leads to a misguided attempt to reduce the "implementation gap" by modifying formal features of policy texts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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