ERIC Number: EJ1044135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Mandatory Accreditation for Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators: Biopolitics, Neoliberal Managerialism and the Deleuzo-Guattarian "War Machine"
Done, Elizabeth J.; Murphy, Mike; Knowler, Helen
Journal of Education Policy, v30 n1 p86-100 2015
Recent changes to policy directives now require newly appointed Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) in UK mainstream schools to be qualified teachers. Training and accreditation through a nationally approved postgraduate award is now mandatory. Concepts drawn from poststructuralist biopolitics and critiques of neoliberal educational managerialism are mobilized in an analysis of recent inclusion policy and award requirements. Resistance to the positioning of SENCOs and pupils within a political narrative of economic priority and productivity is conceptualized as a Deleuzo-Guattarian "war machine". The implications of biopolitical orientations for practitioner research are explored with reference to teacher action research.
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Special Needs Students, Action Research, Neoliberalism, Teacher Qualifications, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Administrator Qualifications, Teacher Education, Criticism, Educational Administration, Politics of Education, Economic Factors, Productivity, Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Faculty Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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