Performance government : activating and regulating the self-governing capacities of teachers and school leaders

O’Brien, Peter C. (2014) Performance government : activating and regulating the self-governing capacities of teachers and school leaders. Educational Philosophy and Theory.

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Abstract

This article analyses ‘performance government’ as an emergent form of rule in advanced liberal democracies. It discloses how teachers and school leaders in Australia are being governed by the practices of performance government which centre on the recently established Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and are given direction by two major strategies implicit within the exercise of this form of power: activation and regulation. Through an ‘analytics of government’ of these practices, the article unravels the new configurations of corporatized expert and academic knowledge—and their attendant methods of application—by which the self-governing capacities of teachers and school leaders are being activated and regulated in ways that seek to optimize the performance of these professionals. The article concludes by outlining some of the dangers of performance government for the professional freedom of educators and school leaders.

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ID Code: 74726
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 04 July 2014. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 04 January 2016.
Keywords: governmentality, performance government, liberalism, professional standards, professional learning
DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2014.930682
ISSN: 1469-5812
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Educational Philosophy and Theory on 04 July 2014, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00131857.2014.930682
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2014 01:54
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2016 23:21

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