ERIC Number: EJ1103403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Education and Nationalism in Scotland: Governing a "Learning Nation"
Arnott, Margaret; Ozga, Jenny
Oxford Review of Education, v42 n3 p253-265 2016
Nationalism is a key resource for the political work of governing Scotland, and education offers the Scottish National Party (SNP) government a policy space in which political nationalism (self determination) along with social and cultural forms of civic nationalism can be formed and propagated, through referencing "inwards" to established myths and traditions that stress the "public" nature of schooling/education/universities and their role in construction of "community"; and referencing "outwards", especially to selected Nordic comparators, but also to major transnational actors such as OECD, to education's role in economic recovery and progress. The SNP government has been very active in the education policy field, and a significant element of its activity lies in promoting a discourse of collective learning in which a "learning government" is enabled to lead a "learning nation" towards the goal of independence. This paper draws on recent research to explore recent and current developments in SNP government education policy, drawing on discourse analysis to highlight the political work that such policy developments seek to do, against the backdrop of continuing constitutional tensions across the UK.
Descriptors: Nationalism, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Self Determination, Misconceptions, Role of Education, Economic Progress, Governance, Political Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)