Manipulating the data: Teaching and NAPLAN in the control society

Thompson, Greg & Cook, Ian (2014) Manipulating the data: Teaching and NAPLAN in the control society. Discourse : Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 35(1), pp. 129-142.

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Abstract

High-stakes testing is changing what it means to be a ‘good teacher’ in the contemporary school. This paper uses Deleuze and Guattari's ideas on the control society and dividuation in the context of National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing in Australia to suggest that the database generates new understandings of the ‘good teacher’. Media reports are used to look at how teachers are responding to the high-stakes database through manipulating the data. This article argues that manipulating the data is a regrettable, but logical, response to manifestations of teaching where only the data counts.

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ID Code: 86152
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: teachers' work, control society, Deleuze and Guattari, cheating, high-stakes testing, teaching
DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2012.739472
ISSN: 0159-6306
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2015 23:48
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2015 09:00

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