ERIC Number: EJ842596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Analysing Complex Policy Change in Hong Kong: What Role for Critical Discourse Analysis?
Cheng, Annie Y. N.
International Journal of Educational Management, v23 n4 p360-366 2009
Purpose: The Hong Kong government recently reformed pre-primary education with the introduction of a voucher scheme. At the time this policy caused considerable opposition from across Hong Kong Society. This paper seeks to use Fairclough's model of critical discourse analysis to explore a key policy text and seeks to assess to what extent such an analytical framework can help develop a better understanding of the processes of policy development. Design/methodology/approach: The paper uses critical discourse analysis methods and applies these to a specific policy text relating to the reform of pre-primary education. Findings: The paper suggests that critical discourse analysis can provide a useful analytical tool for analysing the complexities of the policy development process. In particular it surfaces key tensions within policy, such as those between commitments to equity and efficiency, that may have a significant impact on the outcomes of subsequent policy implementation. Research limitations/implications: The paper is based on a small scale study. Its findings are tentative. There is some merit in the approach adopted, but the use of this approach in relation to policy development requires further work to develop it. Originality/value: The paper adds to the understanding of how a range of methods of data analysis can help develop a more sophisticated understanding of the nuances of policy development.
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, Data Analysis, Educational Change, Educational Vouchers, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Guidelines, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong