Evidence-based state literacy policy: A critical alternative

Luke, Allan (2005) Evidence-based state literacy policy: A critical alternative. In Bascia, Nina, Cumming, Alister, Datnow, Amanda, Leithwood, Kenneth, & Livingstone, David (Eds.) International Handbook of Educational Policy. Springer, Dordrecht.

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This chapter is a narrative account of policy making, an auto-ethnography that describes both arbitrariness and motivated 'play' of discourse in the sites of local policy development. I use this to make a case for evidence-based educational policy. But I argue that such an approach should be based on a rich, multiperspectival hermeneutic social science, rather than the narrow positivist approaches advocated in the US and UK. I then describe L iterate Futures (2000), the Queensland State literacy strategy developed with Peter Freebody and Ray Land. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the strategy four years on. Drawing on sociological models of capital (Albright & Luke, in press; Bourdieu, 1992), I make the case for the making of literacy-in-education policy as a subset of sustainable, broader educational, social and economic policy.

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ID Code: 14153
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: education, policy, policy development, literacy, education research
ISBN: 9781402031892
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Springer
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:30

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