What is plan B? Using Foucault’s archaeology to enhance policy analysis

Bourke, Theresa & Lidstone, John (2015) What is plan B? Using Foucault’s archaeology to enhance policy analysis. Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, 36(6), pp. 833-853.

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Many governments in western democracies conduct the work of leading their societies forward through policy generation and implementation. Despite government attempts at extensive negotiation, collaboration and debate, the general populace in these same countries frequently express feelings of disempowerment and undue pressure to be compliant, often leading to disengagement. Here we outline Plan B: a process for examining how policies that emerge from good intentions are frequently interpreted as burdensome or irrelevant by those on whom they have an impact. Using a case study of professional standards for teachers in Australia, we describe how we distilled Foucault’s notions of archaeology into a research approach centring on the creation of ‘polyhedrons of intelligibility’ as an alternative approach by which both policy makers and those affected by their policies may understand how their respective causes are supported and adversely affected.

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ID Code: 65660
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 04 April 2014. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 04 October 2015.
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Keywords: education policy, Foucauldian archaeology, professional standards, professionalism
DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2014.903611
ISSN: 0159-6306
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 04 April 2014, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01596306.2014.903611
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2014 02:09
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 05:43

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