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ERIC Number: EJ1047652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Using Butler to Understand the Multiplicity and Variability of Policy Reception
Gowlett, Christina; Keddie, Amanda; Mills, Martin; Renshaw, Peter; Christie, Pam; Geelan, David; Monk, Sue
Journal of Education Policy, v30 n2 p149-164 2015
Understanding how teachers make sense of education policy is important. We argue that an exploration of teacher reactions to policy requires an engagement with theory focused on the formation of "the subject" since this form of theorisation addresses the creation of a seemingly coherent identity and attitude while acknowledging variation across different places and people. In this paper, we propose the utility of Butlerian ideas because of the focus on subjectivity that her work entails and the account she gives for social norms regulating people's actions and attitudes. We use Butler's stance on how "cultural intelligibility" is formed to account for the complex, messy and sometimes contradictory "take up" of curriculum policy by 10 teachers at a secondary school case study in Queensland, Australia. We use the phrase "policy reception" to signify a particular theoretical line of thought we are forming with our application of Butlerian theory to the analysis of teacher attitudes toward curriculum policy, and to distinguish it from "policy interpretation", "policy translation" and "policy enactment".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia