The standard bearers : Governing teachers through professional standards

O'Brien, Peter Charles (2012) The standard bearers : Governing teachers through professional standards. In Broom, Alex (Ed.) 2012 TASA Conference Emerging and enduring inequalities: Proceedings of the annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association 2012, The Australian Sociological Association, St. Lucia campus, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland.


Teacher professional standards have become a key policy mechanism for the reform of teaching and education in recent years. While standards policies claim to improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools today, this paper argues that a disjunction exists between the stated intentions of such programmes and the intelligibility of the practices of government in which they are invested. To this effect, the paper conducts an analytics of government of the recently released National Professional Standards for Teachers (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011) arguing that the explicit, calculated rationality of the programme exists within a wider field of effects. Such analysis has the critical consequence of calling into question the claims of the programmers themselves thus breaching the self-evidence on which the standards rest.

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ID Code: 55242
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Governmentality, Teacher professional standards, Education policy, Rationalities of government, Practices of government
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2012 22:16
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 00:25

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