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ERIC Number: EJ857603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
The Visualization of Education Policy: A Videological Analysis of "Learning Journeys"
Koh, Aaron
Journal of Education Policy, v24 n3 p283-315 May 2009
The attention to the visualization of education policy is an area of study yet to be developed and explored. This paper extends the scholarship of "mediated education policy production" by developing a visual methodology to analyse a visual education policy document that takes the form of a documentary titled "Learning Journeys" (2000), which documented an uptake of and for the "Thinking Schools, Learning Nation" policy in Singapore schools after this policy came into effect in 1997. My analysis specifically draws attention to the concept of "visual design", which I argue works ideologically to constrain the semiotic meaning potential of visual texts to a preferred reading path, and that "design" textually contributes to an ideological closure as opposed to an open, multiple or contradictory reading of the text. Any critical reading of visual policy texts, I argue, must understand that "design" in visual policy texts is situated and intertwined in the complex interplay of institutional constraints, ideological underpinnings, political assumptions and priorities. My textual analysis of the design of "Learning Journeys" will show that the televisual images in the documentary are managed to prioritize the construction of preferred schooling identities and to build consensus of what schooling ought to be and why new imperatives of education change are necessary in changing global economic conditions. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore