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Departmental advisers as official interpreters : torchbearers and holders of official knowledge

Honan, Eileen 2002, Departmental advisers as official interpreters : torchbearers and holders of official knowledge, in AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty : AARE 2002 conference papers, AARE Inc., Coldstream, Vic., pp. 1-17.

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Title Departmental advisers as official interpreters : torchbearers and holders of official knowledge
Author(s) Honan, Eileen
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2002 : Brisbane, QLD)
Conference location Brisbane, QLD
Conference dates 1-5 Dec. 2002
Title of proceedings AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty : AARE 2002 conference papers
Editor(s) Jeffrey, Peter L.
Publication date 2002
Start page 1
End page 17
Publisher AARE Inc.
Place of publication Coldstream, Vic.
Summary The work undertaken by departmental advisers who assist teachers to implement particular state education policies such as syllabus and curriculum documents is the focus of this paper. The author's doctoral thesis involved an analysis of the interactions between teachers, the texts of the Queensland English Syllabus, and two women who worked as 'official interpreters' guiding teachers in their uses of the texts. This paper examines the complex positions taken up by these interpreters. On the one hand, their expertness is demonstrated by the official knowledge they hold and by the torchbearing work they do with teachers. But on the other hand, the choices and selections made during this torchbearing work are governed by the interpreters' regulation by the discourses surrounding their official knowledge. The research undertaken on these interpreters' work informs the author's final call to recognise the complexity surrounding implementations of new curriculum and syllabus documents. Such recognition would include making use of the departmental advisers' expertness and depth of knowledge in particular curriculum areas in innovative and collegial projects crossing over traditional boundaries between academic research and teachers' practices.
ISSN 1324-9320
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004835

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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