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Title: Policy enactment, context and performativity: ontological politics and researching Australian National Partnership policies
Contributor(s): Singh, Parlo (author); Heimans, Stephen  (author)orcid ; Glasswell, Kathryn (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2014.891763
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Abstract: Recently, critical policy scholars have used the concepts of enactment, context and performativity as an analytic toolkit to illuminate the complex processes of the policy cycle, in particular, the ways in which a multitude of official education reform policies are taken up, challenged and/or resisted by actors in local, situation-specific practices. This set of theoretical tools are usually deployed to analyse interview data collected from a single school or cluster of schools to draw findings or conclusions about the complex processes of policy enactment. We aim to build on this critical policy studies work by, firstly, highlighting key aspects of these theoretical/methodological constructs, secondly, exploring the performative role of research in the materiality of specific contexts and, thirdly, theorising education policy research in terms of ontological politics. We ground this work in a recent collaborative enquiry research project undertaken in Queensland, Australia. This research project emerged in the Australian policy context of National Partnership Agreement policies which were designed to reform public or government-funded schools servicing low socio-economic communities, in order to improve student learning outcomes, specifically in literacy and numeracy as measured by high-stakes national testing.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/LP0990585
Source of Publication: Journal of Education Policy, 29(6), p. 826-844
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1464-5106
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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