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Verger, Antoni; Fontdevila, Clara; Parcerisa, Lluís – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
In the last decades, most countries have adopted data-intensive policy instruments aimed at modernizing the governance of education systems, and strengthening their competitiveness. Instruments such as national large-scale assessments and test-based accountabilities have disseminated widely, to the point that they are being enacted in countries…
Descriptors: Accountability, Governance, Educational Policy, Data Analysis
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Holloway, Jessica – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
As a post-structural critique of US teacher evaluation policy, this paper aims to disrupt accepted conceptualizations of teachers by (1) identifying discursive constructions of teachers in political talk, action, and legislation; (2) unpacking the ways that these constructions operate to legitimize punitive accountability policies and practices;…
Descriptors: Risk, High Stakes Tests, Criticism, Teacher Evaluation
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Kung, Sunhye – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2018
This article considers a conflated ontological space where national projections named Koreanness are conjoined through national educational reform discourses associated with "excellence" and "equality." It focuses on the shifting educational reform narratives that made appeals to notions of crisis before and after the IMF…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Equal Education
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Hodgson, David – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2018
Disciplining and pastoral power are central to the strategies and practices of intervening in the lives of young people deemed at risk of disengaging from school, or not completing their compulsory education. As an expression of power concerned with young people's welfare and self-improvement, disciplining and pastoral practices push young people…
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Discipline
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Salter, Peta; Maxwell, Jacinta – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2018
The structure of the Australian national curriculum encompasses engagement with "intercultural education". Significantly, the context from which the curriculum was developed was heavily influenced by a multiculturalist ideology in which notions of cohesion and harmony were dominant. Therefore, those working with the curriculum need to…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, National Curriculum, Politics of Education, Foreign Countries
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Olmedo, Antonio; Wilkins, Andrew – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2017
In this paper we explore the various spaces and sites through which the figure of the parent is summoned to inhabit and perform market norms and practices in the field of education in England. Since the late 1970s successive governments have called on parents to enact certain duties and obligations in relation to the state. These duties include…
Descriptors: Governance, Parent Attitudes, Neoliberalism, Discourse Analysis
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Sierk, Jessica – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2017
In mainstream discourse, rural generally implies white, while urban signifies not-white. However, what happens when "rural" communities experience demographic change? This paper examines how students from a rural, New Latino Diaspora community in a Midwestern state complicate traditional notions of rurality. Data from participant…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Participant Observation, Hispanic American Students, Interviews
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Smith, Rebecca – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2017
Using document analysis, this paper examines the historical emergence of the quantified child, revealing how the collection and use of data has become normalized through legitimizing discourses. First, following in the traditions of Foucault's genealogy and studies examining the sociology of numbers, this paper traces the evolution of data…
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Trends, Student Records, Statistical Data
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Carlbaum, Sara – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
This article analyses and critically discusses how context is relevant when constructing and upholding an equivalent education for all within the neo-liberal educational regime of marketisation and accountability. At the centre of the article is a study of national school inspection reports in four municipalities in Sweden, exploring performance…
Descriptors: Context Effect, Inspection, Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism
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Gobby, Brad – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
The Australian Federal and state governments have been introducing neoliberal reforms to the governance of their education systems for a number of decades. One of the most recent programs of reform is the Western Australian Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative. Similar to decentralizing reforms around the world, the IPS program seeks…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Institutional Autonomy, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Yemini, Miri; Dvir, Yuval – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
This study comprises a comprehensive attempt to reveal the power relations and conflicting interests within the local-global nexus of the Israeli public education system. The perceptions of different stakeholders were explored, in regard to the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as an example of a globally oriented…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Conflict, Power Structure, Advanced Placement Programs
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Sriprakash, Arathi; Proctor, Helen; Hu, Betty – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
This article explores parents' use of private tutoring services for their primary school children in Sydney, Australia's largest city. Using Bernstein's theories of invisible and visible pedagogies, we look, through the eyes of a small group of middle-class Chinese-background interviewees, at the tensions between certain pedagogic forms associated…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Elementary School Students, Advantaged, Foreign Countries
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Hjörne, Eva – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
Access to public education that provides equal opportunities for all is a democratic right for every person living in Sweden. In addition, every child should as far as possible be included in the mainstream school. An official story that is taken for granted in Sweden is that an extremely low proportion of children are in need of special support,…
Descriptors: Special Education, Foreign Countries, Access to Education, Equal Education
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Graham, Linda J. – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
This paper investigates increases in the identification of special educational needs in the New South Wales (NSW) government school system over the last two decades, which are then discussed with senior public servants working within the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC). Participant narratives indicate deep structural barriers to…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Student Evaluation, Inclusion, Foreign Countries
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Danforth, Scot – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2016
Over the past two decades, the percentage of American students with disabilities educated in general classrooms with their nondisabled peers has risen by approximately 50%. This gradual but steady policy shift has been driven by two distinct narratives of organisational change. The social justice narrative espouses principles of equality and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Disabilities, Inclusion, Educational Policy
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