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ERIC Number: EJ1143252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1946-7109
Constructing Educational Achievement in Political Discourse: An Analysis of Obama's Interview at the Education Nation Summit 2012
Lee, Jinsol
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v13 n2 Win 2016-2017
In the fall of 2012, a series of teacher union strikes in Chicago catalyzed controversial discussions in education within the political sector, as the goals for student achievement gained increasing attention. Hence, discourses as systems of representation within the particular context and time-period of the teacher union strikes in Chicago provided rich, important data for understanding the forms of power and knowledge constructed around educational achievement within the political sphere. In this commentary, the author analyzes a portion of President Barack Obama's interview on NBC News, which aired during the network's 2012 Education Nation Summit. The discussion is framed using the four stages of the Foucauldian Discourse Analysis (Willig, 2008), guided by the following questions: How does the social world expressed through this language recursively shape and become shaped by different discourses of power in educational politics? Specifically, within the context and time period of the teacher union strikes, how do President Obama's constructions of educational achievement through his discourse create a meaningful version of the world in the political sphere?
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)
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