The logic of equity practice in Queensland State Education - 2010

Taylor, Sandra C. & Singh, Parlo (2005) The logic of equity practice in Queensland State Education - 2010. Journal of Education Policy, 20(6), pp. 725-740.

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This paper reports on an interview based study which explored the implementation of a major policy initiative in Queensland, Australia, with particular attention to social justice issues. Interviews were conducted with key policy actors in three sections of the bureaucracy: strategic directions, performance and measurement; curriculum and assessment; and workforce and professional development. We were interested in the ways in which the tensions between redistributive and recognitive approaches to social justice were being managed in the bureaucracy. We drew on Bourdieu’s concepts of field, logic of practice, political discourse, habitus, capital, and symbolic power struggles to theorise the politics of discourse associated with such policy implementation processes within bureaucracies.

The interview data revealed differences in approaches to equity issues and in the language used in the three sections of the bureaucracy. We argue that these differences, associated with the different priorities of the three sections and their differing roles in the implementation processes, reflect the different logics of practice operating within the different sections. The final section of the paper discusses the implications of the analysis for theorising equity and difference in education policy in new times, and considers the value of Bourdieu’s concepts for theorising policy implementation processes.

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ID Code: 2429
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information:
Keywords: social justice, education policy, field, logics of practice, bureaucracy
DOI: 10.1080/02680930500238978
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)
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 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Journal of Education Policy 20(6):pp. 725-740.
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:12

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