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ERIC Number: EJ1079217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
What Is Plan B? Using Foucault's Archaeology to Enhance Policy Analysis
Bourke, Terri; Lidstone, John
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v36 n6 p833-853 2015
Many governments in Western democracies conduct the work of leading their societies forward through policy generation and implementation. Despite government attempts at extensive negotiation, collaboration and debate, the general populace in these same countries frequently express feelings of disempowerment and undue pressure to be compliant, often leading to disengagement. Here we outline Plan B: a process for examining how policies that emerge from good intentions are frequently interpreted as burdensome or irrelevant by those on whom they have an impact. Using a case study of professional standards for teachers in Australia, we describe how we distilled Foucault's notions of archaeology into a research approach centring on the creation of "polyhedrons of intelligibility" as an alternative approach by which both policy-makers and those affected by their policies may understand how their respective causes are supported and adversely affected.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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