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Spinning in the NAPLAN ether: 'Postscript on the control societies' and the seduction of education in Australia

Thompson, G. and Cook, I. (2012) Spinning in the NAPLAN ether: 'Postscript on the control societies' and the seduction of education in Australia. Deleuze Studies, 6 . pp. 564-584.

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    Abstract

    This paper applies concepts Deleuze developed in his ‘Postscript on the Societies of Control’, especially those relating to modulatory power, dividuation and control, to aspects of Australian schooling to explore how this transition is manifesting itself. Two modulatory machines of assessment, NAPLAN and My Schools, are examined as a means to better understand how the disciplinary institution is changing as a result of modulation. This transition from discipline to modulation is visible in the declining importance of the disciplinary teacher/student relationship as a measure of the success of the educative process. The transition occurs through seduction because that which purports to measure classroom quality is in fact a serpent of modulation that produces simulacra of the disciplinary classroom. The effect is to sever what happens in the disciplinary space from its representations in a luminiferous ether that overlays the classroom.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
    Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
    Publishers Website: http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/dls
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/9828
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