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ERIC Number: EJ1162838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2382-0349
Literacy and Numeracy Standards: Recent Constructions within the Political, Business and Media Discourses in New Zealand
Walshaw, Margaret; Openshaw, Roger
Teachers and Curriculum, v12 n1 p23-29 2011
Concerns about a decline in literacy and numeracy standards in New Zealand are longstanding. Such concerns have again come to the fore with the introduction of the Education (National Standards) Amendment Act 2008. In this paper we track the debates leading up to the new legislation, focusing on the political struggles and the way in which games of truth, power and knowledge are played out in a bid to reconstruct thinking and action about literacy and numeracy. Such truth games have resonances within all educational enterprises, influencing the way we think about the key skills deemed appropriate for dealing with everyday civic life.
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research. Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; 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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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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