Media/ting change: the print media's role in mediating education policy in a period of radical reform in Victoria, Australia
Blackmore, Jill and Thorpe, Stephen 2003, Media/ting change: the print media's role in mediating education policy in a period of radical reform in Victoria, Australia, Journal of education policy, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 577-595, doi: 10.1080/0268093032000145854.
This paper draws upon critical discourse analysis, cultural studies and communication theory, studies on media and educational reform, and the work of Bernstein, Bourdieu and Luhmann in particular, to explore how the print and media 'mediated' a period of educational change marked by moves to self-management in schools in Victoria, Australia. It considers how the media was mobilized by various education stakeholders, and in turn informed relations between schools and government, through policy discourses and texts. It considers why and how particular themes became media 'issues', how schools and teachers responded to these issues, and how the media was used by various stakeholders in education to shape policy debates. It is based on a year-long qualitative study that explored critical incidents and representations about education in the print media over a year in the daily press. It illustrates the ways in which a neo-liberal Victorian government mobilized the media to gain strategic advantage to promote radical education reform policies, considers the media effects of this media/tion process on schools and teachers, and conceptualizes how school and system performance is fed from and into media representations, public perceptions and community understandings of schools and teachers' work.
Field of Research
130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
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