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ERIC Number: EJ1141725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1478-2103
Troubling the Discourse of Both/And: Technologies of Neoliberal Governance in Community-Based Educational Spaces
Nygreen, Kysa
Policy Futures in Education, v15 n2 p202-220 Feb 2017
This article traces the work of community-based popular educators with an explicit commitment to "Freirean" popular education as they shifted from teaching in a community-based setting to an after-school program focused on standardized test-preparation. Drawing from ethnographic observation and interviews, it examines educators' pedagogical practice and the narratives they employed to explain, interpret, and justify their practice. It shows that they adopted a "discourse of both/and," asserting the possibility and virtues of doing Freirean popular education and high-stakes test preparation simultaneously, without sacrificing the integrity of either. It argues that this discourse was a pragmatic adaptation to structural imperatives but also a limiting one that facilitated the intensification of workload, individual responsibilization, and a shifting of organizational mission in ways that align with neoliberal reform. Drawing from Foucauldian analyses of audit culture, this article troubles the discourse of both/and by exposing how it operates as a technology of neoliberal governance even when cloaked in the language of social justice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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