Behaviour management and discipline policy: A genealogical approach
Robinson, J. (2008) Behaviour management and discipline policy: A genealogical approach. In: Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Forum 2008, 9 August 2008, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley
"... there is no truth but truths, no reason but rationalities, no knowledge but knowledges of the ways people have come to understand themselves and the world" (Tamboukou, 1999, pp. 210-211).
This presentation will chart the development of discipline and behaviour management policy within West Australian secondary schooling. A genealogical approach is implemented to analyse the discourse constructed when establishing school behaviour management plans. This paper traces historical power struggles and relations because "a history of the present is, however, more interested in the future" (Tamboukou, 1999, p. 210). Auditing of micro-political practices implemented within schools today is adopted, as further questions begin to emerge regarding the practicalities, ambiguities and benefits of such policy in public education which I argue could and should still be a place of speech and action in learning (Green, 1982, p. 8) for the future.
Key words: behaviour management, genealogy, policy
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