(Im)plausibilities: A rhizo-textual analysis of policy texts and teachers’ work

Honan, Eileen (2004) (Im)plausibilities: A rhizo-textual analysis of policy texts and teachers’ work. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 36 3: 267-281. doi:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2004.00067.x

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Author Honan, Eileen
Title (Im)plausibilities: A rhizo-textual analysis of policy texts and teachers’ work
Journal name Educational Philosophy and Theory   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-1857
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2004.00067.x
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 267
End page 281
Total pages 15
Editor M. A. Peters
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject 330102 History and Philosophy of Education
440110 Social Philosophy
Abstract In this paper I argue for the use of Deleuzian theories in educational contexts. In particular, I am interested in the use of the concept of rhizomes, and the analysis of texts as rhizomes, drawing on Deleuze and Guattari's work in A Thousand Plateaus (1987). I discuss the possibilities for using rhizomatics in educational contexts through an exploration of the construction of an 'apparatus of social critique' (Buchanan, 2000). I then describe a rhizomatic understanding of the relationships between teachers and policy texts, which can disrupt commonsense understandings of these relations. I provide examples from my own research (Honan, 2001) of a rhizo-textual analysis of policy texts. This rhizo-textual analysis involved an exploration of the construction of the subject position, teacher, within one policy text, as well as a mapping of two teachers' readings of this text. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications for using Deleuzian theory in educational contexts, implications for both policy developers and educational researchers.
Keyword Educational philosophy
Teachers' work
Rhizo-textual analysis
Q-Index Code C1

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