Governing teacher education : the case of teacher education in Australia

O'Brien, Peter (1996) Governing teacher education : the case of teacher education in Australia. In Warry, Merle, et al (Ed.) Navigating in a Sea of Change : Second Set of Working Papers of the Higher Education Policy Project. Central Queensland University Press, Rockhampton, QLD, pp. 76-94.


This paper analyses the attempted installation of the 1990 Australian Education Council commissioned report 'Teacher Education in Australia' (the Ebbeck Report), a document which proposed a radical reformulation and relative standardization of the content and structure of initial teacher education in Australia. The paper draws on Michel Foucault's concept of 'governmentality' to examine the discursive and technological dimensions of this programme of political rule. The paper makes apparent the 'microphysics of power' that were generated within, particularly, the Queensland educational community in the attempt to operationalise this report. Analysing educational policy from the perspective of 'government', the paper contends, directs attention to the conditions of operation of policy practices and reveals the dependence of educational policy on particular technical conditions of existence, routines and rituals of bureaucracy, forms of expertise and intellectual technologies, and the enlistment of agencies and authorities both within and outside the boundaries of the state.

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ID Code: 53320
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Teacher Education Policy, Governmentality, Ebbeck Report, Higher Education Policy, Higher Education Policy Project
ISBN: 187599808X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 The Author
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2012 23:21
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 02:43

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