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ERIC Number: EJ810223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Drugs, Discourses and Education: A Critical Discourse Analysis of a High School Drug Education Text
Tupper, Kenneth W.
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v29 n2 p223-238 Jun 2008
This paper examines a high school drug education text using critical discourse analysis (CDA) to discern its underlying ideological commitments and political dispositions. I begin with an overview of CDA and why it is a suitable methodology for my work, and then provide a brief history of drug education in North America. Next, I consider some of the primary discursive features of a Canadian eighth-grade drug education teacher's manual called "Making Decisions". I continue with a focused interrogation of a student "fact sheet" on hallucinogens, and conclude with some educational implications of my research. Paying careful attention to features such as genre, syntax, interdiscursivity, and lexicalization, I question core assumptions made by both a drug education text and the broader medical, public health, legal and drug policy discourses from which it draws.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada