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Emerging discourses within the English ‘choice advice’ policy network

Exley, Sonia (2009) Emerging discourses within the English ‘choice advice’ policy network. London Review of Education, 7 (3). pp. 249-260. ISSN 1474-8460

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14748460903290249


This paper examines regulating discourses ‘spoken’ within the complex multi‐sector network of educational policy and provision that has grown from a recent introduction of choice advisers in England. Choice advice documentation from across the network is examined and four discursive themes are identified: equity; parental responsibility; independence/impartiality; and realism. The paper suggests that choice advice – as an English policy case illustrating broader social and political trends – superficially promotes empowerment for disadvantaged parents with a depoliticised, managerial approach while disempowering them by diverting attention away from wider stratification and shifting responsibility for educational quality away from the state.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor and Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2011 13:51
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:58

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