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ERIC Number: EJ960004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-0218-8791
The Cultural Politics of National Testing and Test Result Release Policy in South Korea: A Critical Discourse Analysis
Sung, Youl-Kwan; Kang, Mi Ok
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v32 n1 p53-73 2012
This paper examines the ideological construction of educational discourses embedded within the South Korean print media. Significantly, these discourses have recently promoted the resurrection of a sweeping national testing and test results release policy. Through careful examination of the "test plus release" policy, the authors show how the government has achieved hegemonic power by shaping public opinion through the national testing contexts. Drawing on a critical discourse analysis of educational policy texts from the government and top 10 print media sources, this paper analyses how discourses on "accountability", "the right to know" and "the fairness of the tests" have been produced, reproduced and recontextualized to favour particular perspectives. The authors also examine how government and influential print media discourses interact with political and cultural factors such as "acclaiming the evaluative state", "education fever" and "meritocratic beliefs" to achieve public consent for the new "test plus release" policy. (Contains 1 figure and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea