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A mad policy party: Who is informing who?

Robinson, J. (2009) A mad policy party: Who is informing who? In: The Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Forum, 18th September 2009, University of Western Australia, Crawley

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The ‘Mad Hatter’ asks, “why do we have this policy”. When ‘Alice’ gives up, the Hatter admits he does not have an answer himself. In this presentation I want to ask, “What impact does policy really have on educational practice?” Using critical ethnographic research on a policy implemented throughout schools in Western Australia, I attempt to expose and interrogate tensions within apparent best practice. My data suggests that mandated policy may actually be nonsensical. What research has informed this policy both before and during its implementation? Have any audits or assessments been done to ensure its impact? What research is being done on the practices that emerge from such policy? Who is informing who and how is the policy affecting those for whom it was written?

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Conference Website: http://www.education.uwa.edu.au/research/forum
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14604
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