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Title: The wolf in sheep's clothing: the continuing accountability discourse in education
Contributor(s): Masters, Yvonne  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The Australian government has, for some time, shone a strong spotlight on education and teacher quality. This has particularly resulted from literacy and numeracy results slipping over the last few years in the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment measures of student performance. Such performance and teacher quality become inextricably linked and, almost inevitably, education is the subject of reform. In this paper, the author analyses the competing discourses of a recent government campaign for 'better' schools and improved teacher quality. The campaign examined is the 2012 Commonwealth Government campaign, launched through various media, officially known as the National School Improvement Plan, but promoted as "Better Schools for Australia". Here, the discourse of inclusive opportunity is set against that of economic rationalism. The discussion of the government campaign is firstly grounded in the literature of contesting views of the purposes of education and the ways in which the campaign contains elements of several discourses. The author demonstrates how the economic and accountability discourses dominate and deflate the other discourses of need and inclusion. The paper is concluded with a discussion of what these prevailing discourses mean for teachers and pre-service teachers and how teachers and their teaching are being positioned by the accountability discourse.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: The Asian Conference on Education 2014 - "Transforming and Changing Education: Individuals, Communities, Societies", Osaka, Japan, 28th October - 2nd November, 2014
Source of Publication: The Asian Conference on Education 2014 - Official Conference Proceedings, p. 261-270
Publisher: The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Place of Publication: Nagoya, Japan
ISSN: 2186-5692
Field of Research (FOR): 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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