ERIC Number: EJ982335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
(En)Gendering Responsibility: A Critical News Analysis of Argentina's Education Reform, 2001-2002
Robert, Sarah A.
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v33 n4 p485-498 2012
Education reform continues around the globe, though questioned and critiqued in relation to goals of democratizing educational decision-making. Newspapers are one site of contestation and negotiation where struggles over global reform discourses are contextualized in "obvious" and "natural" local language. In this article, I argue that gender discourses are a powerful heuristic employed to push particular education agendas and particularly gendered ones that do not necessarily reflect education reform goals for democratizing educational decision-making or improving equity. I analyzed Argentina's education reform in two national newspapers from 1 November 2001 to 1 November 2002 to reveal the role of gender in reform mediation at the national level. The findings and their interpretation illustrated how educational institutions and actors were situated in a gendered hierarchy with responsibilities and authority. Evoking masculine and feminine roles, representations, and identities in everyday "natural" language lent a familiarity to seemingly abstract and neutral global education reform goals, replicating context-specific educational decision-making processes.
Descriptors: Familiarity, Educational Objectives, Global Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Newspapers, Criticism, Decision Making, Gender Differences, Heuristics, Masculinity, Femininity, Sex Role, Politics, Discourse Analysis
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Argentina