(Re)visioning the centre : education reform and the “ideal” citizen of the future

Graham, Linda J. (2007) (Re)visioning the centre : education reform and the “ideal” citizen of the future. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 39(2), pp. 197-215.

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Discourses of public education reform, like that exemplified within the Queensland Government’s future vision document, Queensland State Education-2010 (QSE-2010), position schooling as a panacea to pervasive social instability and a means to achieve a new consensus. However, in unravelling the many conflicting statements that conjoin to form education policy and inform related literature (Ball, 1993), it becomes clear that education reform discourse is polyvalent (Foucault, 1977). Alongside visionary statements that speak of public education as a vehicle for social justice are the (re)visionary or those reflecting neoliberal individualism and a conservative politics. In this paper, it is argued that the latter coagulate to form strategic discursive practices which work to (re)secure dominant relations of power. Further, discussion of the characteristics needed by the “ideal” future citizen of Queensland reflect efforts to ‘tame change through the making of the child’ (Popkewitz, 2004, p.201). The casualties of this (re)vision and the refusal to investigate the pathologies of “traditional” schooling are the children who, for whatever reason, do not conform to the norm of the desired school child as an “ideal” citizen-in-the-making and who become relegated to alternative educational settings.

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ID Code: 57609
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Version of record first published: 09 Jan 2013
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Keywords: neoliberal policy reform, choice, governmentality, post-school options
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2007.00306.x
ISSN: 1469-5812
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 The Author
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2013 22:33
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 17:53

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