The hegemonic positioning of 'Smart State' policy

Adie, Lenore E. (2008) The hegemonic positioning of 'Smart State' policy. Journal of Education Policy, 23(3), pp. 251-264.

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The Australian State of Queensland's 'Smart State' policy is the Government's response to global conditions that require a new type of worker and citizen for a new knowledge economy. As a result the Government has produced a plethora of documents and papers in every aspect of its operation to progress Queensland as a 'Smart State'. The role of education in the success of the 'Smart State' is clearly outlined in the Queensland Government's vision statements and policies (Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts 1999). The purpose of this article is to utilise Norman Fairclough's theories regarding the relationship between discourse and social change, to examine the interdiscursive, linguistic and semiotic strategies used in 'Smart State' policy to show how this discourse is emerging into a hegemonic position within the discourses of Queensland education.

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ID Code: 14156
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: hegemony, knowledge economy, Queensland 'Smart State', policy analysis, education, critical discourse analysis, Fairclough
DOI: 10.1080/02680930801923831
ISSN: 1464-5106
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 > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Journal of Education Policy 23(3):pp. 251-264.]. [Journal of Education Policy] is available online at informaworldTM with
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:17

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