Coming to matter in practice: Enacting education policy

Heimans, Stephen (2012) Coming to matter in practice: Enacting education policy. Discourse, 33 2: 313-326. doi:10.1080/01596306.2012.666083

Author Heimans, Stephen
Title Coming to matter in practice: Enacting education policy
Journal name Discourse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
Publication date 2012-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2012.666083
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 313
End page 326
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This article is offered as a counterpoint and complement to the symposium on policy enactment in a previous issue of Discourse by Stephen Ball, Meg Maguire and colleagues. Although their focus was largely on the discursive, and policy actors and policy subjects, this article is concerned with researching the emergent materiality of policy and draws on an Australian Vocational Education and Training policy study. It focuses on one particular object (a mini-warehouse) and one policy (Productivity Places Program) and develops an approach to researching a topology of policy enactment along three intersecting axes. In this topology, the material is given an ontological status, which is ‘in-here’ as opposed to ‘else-where’; where reality is emergent in practice. The research focus therefore is on policy processes and the assumption is that these processes are not benign as the world continues to be (re)articulated unequally; the point of policy research being to investigate the ways in which policy processes contribute to or work against this inequality.
Keyword Enactment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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