Policy, practice and purpose in the field of education : a critical review

Blackmore, Jill 2010, Policy, practice and purpose in the field of education : a critical review, Critical studies in education, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 101-111.

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Title Policy, practice and purpose in the field of education : a critical review
Author(s) Blackmore, Jill
Journal name Critical studies in education
Volume number 51
Issue number 1
Start page 101
End page 111
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 1750-8487
1750-8495
Summary This paper provides a critical review of papers in this special issue on Bourdieu and practice. What is different about this collection is that, in analysing policy and practice through a Bourdieusian lens, the thinking tools of field, disposition (collective and individual), logics of practice and doxa have been mobilised with regard to the social practices of educational policy - its production, circulation and reception. First, these papers illustrate how, as a field, education has its own language, boundaries and power relations informed by particular modes of distinction and legitimation around different forms of capital formation, thus providing explanations for both social mobility and social stratification. Second, this collection foregrounds 'policy as practice' in terms of the social practices involved in the production of policy, the practices involved with the articulation and vernacularisation of policy through the processes of its reception, as well as the intent and effects of policy changing practice. Third, in focusing on specific policy problematics in higher education and schools, teacher professional development, leadership and educational reform, these contributions illustrate multiple methodological approaches as to how Bourdieu's thinking tools can be used to theorise educational policy, change, practice and effects. The value of Bourdieu's work lies on getting past the impasses between divisions between material and cultural analyses, between the materialist and linguistic focus, by talking about social practices, what people are doing, how they are thinking and how they are acting.
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
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