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ERIC Number: EJ818598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Educational Policy-Making in Post-Communist Ukraine as an Example of Emerging Governmentality: Discourse Analysis of Curriculum Choice and Assessment Policy Documents (1999-2003)
Fimyar, Olena
Journal of Education Policy, v23 n6 p571-594 Nov 2008
Educational policy-making in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is still building upon the ambivalences and uncertainties of post-communist transformation. The international support, expertise and discourses--coupled with communist legacies, stalled democratic developments and national discourses--produce unique effects on education in each of these countries. This paper is an attempt to conceptualise educational policy-making (with its disparities between "democratised" discourses and "Sovietised" practices) as a form of "emerging governmentality or governmentality-in-the-making" on the level of the state, using Ukraine as a case study. Analysing policy-making through the perspective of emerging governmentality brings into focus the genealogy of post-independent reforms, which is (as a part of the technologies of government) threaded into a broader governmental project of restructuring the state and legitimising its rationality. The final empirical part of the paper presents a discourse analysis of selected curriculum choice and assessment policy documents (1999-2003) and embedded in them the complex interplay of internal and external discourses, which work together to construct and justify the emerging governmental rationality of post-communist Ukraine. (Contains 3 tables, 7 notes, and 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ukraine