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ERIC Number: EJ1152315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Translating Policy: Governmentality and the Reflective Teacher
Perryman, Jane; Ball, Stephen J.; Braun, Annette; Maguire, Meg
Journal of Education Policy, v32 n6 p745-756 2017
This paper deploys some concepts from the work of Michel Foucault to problematise the mundane and quotidian "practices" of policy translation as these occur in the everyday of schools. In doing that, we suggest that these "practices" are complicit in the formation of and constitution of teacher subjects, and their subjection to the "morality" of policy and of educational reform. These practices are some ways in which teachers work on themselves and others, and make themselves subjects of policy. We conceive of the processes of translation, its practices and techniques as a form of ethics, the constitution of a contemporary and contingent version of professionalism through the arts of self-conduct. In all of this, it is virtually impossible to separate out, as Foucault points out, capability from control. We argue that the development of new capacities, new skills of classroom management, of pedagogy, bring along with it the intensification of a power relation. We are primarily concerned with Foucault's third face of power, pastoral power or "government" and how this interweaves and overlap with other forms of power within processes of policy and educational reform.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
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