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ERIC Number: EJ891602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Education and Nationalism: The Discourse of Education Policy in Scotland
Arnott, Margaret; Ozga, Jenny
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v31 n3 p335-350 Jul 2010
The paper draws on critical discourse analysis to examine and discuss some of the key developments in the governing of education in Scotland since the election of the Scottish National Party (SNP) government in May 2007. It analyses these developments, drawing on a study of key policy texts and suggests that discourse analysis has much to contribute to the understanding of the governing strategy of the minority SNP administration as reflected in its education policy. We suggest that there is a self-conscious strategy of "crafting the narrative" of government that seeks to discursively re-position "smarter Scotland" alongside small, social democratic states within the wider context of transnational pressures for conformity with global policy agendas. Thus the paper connects to current debates on the relationship between an emergent global education policy "field" and the capacity of "local" contexts to develop and sustain particular, embedded assumptions and practices. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)