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My school, my market

Gorur, Radhika 2013, My school, my market, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 214-230, doi: 10.1080/01596306.2013.770248.

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Title My school, my market
Author(s) Gorur, RadhikaORCID iD for Gorur, Radhika orcid.org/0000-0002-4528-0793
Journal name Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 34
Issue number 2
Start page 214
End page 230
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0159-6306
1469-3739
Keyword(s) Australian education policy
marketisation
actor-network theory
translation
transparency
accountability
Summary Australia’s Education Revolution, launched in 2008, emphasised equity as a key reason for reforms. It identified ‘pockets of disadvantage’ as one of the main problems that needed to be addressed through its reforms. Through a series of translations, the problem of ‘pockets of disadvantage’ was converted to one of a lack of information, a lack of comparable metrics and the absence of an informed public, leading to a number of solutions such as the development of a national assessment scheme and the My School website. In this paper, using the theoretical and methodological resources of actor-network theory, I argue that these translations were also, simultaneously, the processes by which the Australian education space was further ‘marketised’. These marketisation processes involved homogenisation, whereby schools were rendered comparable through the development of common evaluation and common metrics; the development of informational resources that enabled parents to function as economic agents and exert ‘market forces’; and coordinating the activities of the actors through the My School website. The paper concludes with a discussion of how such descriptive analyses might serve as critique.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2013.770248
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074818

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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