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Title: Disputing dominant discourse: Students’ and teachers’ interpretations of schooling
Authors: Busher, Hugh
Cremin, Hilary
Mason, C.
First Published: Sep-2008
Presented at: British Educational Research Association(BERA) Annual Conference, Edinburgh: Herriot-Watt University, Scotland 2008
Start Date: 5-Sep-2008
End Date: 7-Sep-2008
Abstract: Discourses of performativity are constructed within educational sites, such as schools, shape the perspectives of participants such as teachers and school students, and gatekeepers to sites, such as head teachers and senior staff, as well as researchers who are taking part in ethnographic studies. Many national governments, often for claimed economic reasons, construct and police schooling and teachers’ work using performative models of ‘techno-bureaucratic managerialism’ (Apple, 2000). In England, central government prescribes for state schools curriculum content, pedagogical approaches, student assessment and the assessment of teachers, all enforced through a punitive school inspection regime (Troman et al., 2007). Discourses of student voice (Flutter and Rudduck, 2004) and a recognition of the contribution students’ perspectives make to constructing successful schools (DCSF, 2008) resonate with wider notions of choice and discipline (DfE, 2010) in education. These discourses influence how participants manage, resist, or perhaps act ambiguously to cope with them while struggling to assert their own values and interests and those of the people with or for whom they (claim to) work. These discourses also shape how researchers in educational settings, whose work is also shaped by these discourses, may design and carry out ethnographic studies on particular sites. This has implications for researchers’ relationships with other participants in a study, as well as for their own careers.
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers & Presentations, School of Education

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