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ERIC Number: EJ1139764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1005
Tracking the Topological: The Effects of Standardised Data upon Teachers' Practice
Lewis, Steven; Hardy, Ian
British Journal of Educational Studies, v65 n2 p219-238 2017
This article draws upon recent theorising of the "becoming topological" of space--specifically, how new social spaces are constituted through relations rather than physical locations--to explore how standardised data, and specifically test data, have influenced teachers' work and learning. We outline the varied ways in which teacher practices at a primary school in Queensland, Australia, were actively constituted through processes of "tracking data" and "keeping data on-track," and how teachers were simultaneously being disciplined, or "tracked," by these very same data. Our analyses suggest that what appear to be more "technical" activities and tasks of "using" data are, in fact, actively constituted modes of governance, enabled through and deployed by ongoing practices of comparison and topological respatialisation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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