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ERIC Number: EJ1050051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May-19
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1068 2341
The Media Got It Wrong! A Critical Discourse Analysis of Changes to the Educational Policy Making Arena
Piazza, Peter
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v22 n36 May 2014
The context for education policy making has changed dramatically in recent years. Policymaking at the state-level has become characterized by near-unprecedented enactment of neo-liberal education policies, increased influence of so-called Education Reform Advocacy Organizations (ERAOs) and increased challenges to unions' political influence. In this article, I explore the news media's characterization of power and political influence in this new policy making arena. I offer case study analysis of a Massachusetts law, passed in the summer of 2012 with support from a nonprofit advocacy group called Stand for Children, that limits seniority-based tenure for public school teachers. I use Critical Discourse Analysis to explore how themes, or discourses, common to this new context of policy making played out in the media coverage of the law, and I identify and characterize differences between media coverage of the law and the historical account as told in stakeholder interviews with major players involved in policy debate and development. Ultimately, I suggest that differences between media and interview data can tell us a lot about power and political influence in a time of dramatic policy change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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