Thriving amid the performative demands of the contemporary audit culture: a matter of school context

Keddie, Amanda 2013, Thriving amid the performative demands of the contemporary audit culture: a matter of school context, Journal of education policy, vol. 28, no. 6, Special issue: Michael Foucault and education policy analysis, pp. 750-766, doi: 10.1080/02680939.2013.768706.

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Title Thriving amid the performative demands of the contemporary audit culture: a matter of school context
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda
Journal name Journal of education policy
Volume number 28
Issue number 6
Season Special issue: Michael Foucault and education policy analysis
Start page 750
End page 766
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0268-0939
Keyword(s) contemporary audit culture
performative demands of schooling
school context
academic performance
school identity
Summary The predominant focus in this paper is on issues of school context and, in particular, on the dimensions of context at a large English comprehensive school that enable it to thrive within the current demands of the contemporary audit culture. Featuring interview data gathered from a number of senior educators, the paper draws on Braun et al’s (Braun, A., S. Ball, M. Maguire, and K. Hoskins. 2011. “Taking Context Seriously: Towards Explaining Policy Enactments in the Secondary School.” Discourse: Studies in the Politics of Education 32 (4): 585 -596) heuristic device for thinking about the ‘situated’, ‘professional’ and ‘external’ dimensions of context at the school. This device supports an analysis of the school’s intake (in particular the high cultural and class related aspirations of parents and students) and its values (namely the school’s traditional ethos of academic and behavioural excellence). The central argument of the paper is that these contextual dimensions contribute significantly to the school’s capacity to forge a worthy school identity within the current hyper-accountable and competitive environment where academic achievement (along increasingly narrow and conservative lines) and maintaining standards in relation to this achievement are utmost priorities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02680939.2013.768706
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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