The logics of good teaching in an audit culture: A Deleuzian analysis

Thompson, Greg & Cook, Ian (2013) The logics of good teaching in an audit culture: A Deleuzian analysis. Educational Philosophy And Theory, 45(3), pp. 243-258.

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This article examines the attempted reform of education within an emerging audit culture in Australia that has led to the implementation of a high-stakes testing regime known as NAPLAN. NAPLAN represents a machine of auditing, which creates and accounts for data that are used to measure, amongst other things, good teaching. In particular, we address the logics of a policy intervention that aims to improve the quality of education through returning ‘good teaching’. Using Deleuze’s concepts of series, events, copies and simulacra, we suggest that an attempt to return past commonsense logics of ‘good teaching’ as a result of NAPLAN is not possible. In an audit culture as exemplified by NAPLAN, ‘good teaching’ is being reconceptualized through those practices and becomes unrecognizable. Whilst policy claims to improved equity and quality are admirable, this article suggests that the simulacral change to logics of good teaching may actualize something very different.

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ID Code: 86156
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Deleuze and Guattari, high-stakes testing, NAPLAN, audit culture, good teaching
DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2012.732010
ISSN: 0013-1857
Subjects: 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: 04 Aug 2015 01:24
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 00:04

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