My School? Critiquing the abstraction and quantification of education

Hardy, Ian and Boyle, Christopher (2011) My School? Critiquing the abstraction and quantification of education. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 39 3: 211-222. doi:10.1080/1359866X.2011.588312

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Author Hardy, Ian
Boyle, Christopher
Title My School? Critiquing the abstraction and quantification of education
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-866X
1469-2945
Publication date 2011-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1359866X.2011.588312
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 211
End page 222
Total pages 12
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper draws upon and critiques the Australian federal government’s website My
School
as an archetypal example of the current tendency to abstract and quantify educational
practice. Arguing in favour of a moral philosophical account of educational
practice, the paper reveals how the My School website reduces complex educational
practices to simple, supposedly objective, measures of student attainment, reflecting
the broader ‘audit’ society/culture within which it is located. By revealing just how
extensively the My School website reduces educational practices to numbers, the paper
argues that we are in danger of losing sight of the ‘internal’ goods of Education which
cannot be readily and simply codified, and that the teacher learning encouraged by the
site marginalises more active and collective approaches. While having the potential to
serve some beneficial diagnostic purposes, the My School website reinforces a view of
teachers as passive consumers of information generated beyond their everyday practice.
Keyword Audit culture
Educational philosophy
My School
Teacher accountability
Teacher learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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