Policy-as-discourse and schools in the role of health promotion: the application of Bernstein's transmission context in policy analysis

Leow, Anthony Chee Siong (2011) Policy-as-discourse and schools in the role of health promotion: the application of Bernstein's transmission context in policy analysis. Discourse, 32 3: 309-328. doi:10.1080/01596306.2011.573249


Author Leow, Anthony Chee Siong
Title Policy-as-discourse and schools in the role of health promotion: the application of Bernstein's transmission context in policy analysis
Journal name Discourse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
1469-3739
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2011.573249
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 309
End page 328
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3310 Linguistics and Language
3304 Education
3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Formatted abstract
As one of the most important sites in and through which state agendas are articulated and disseminated, schools and teachers play critical roles in the implementation of state-driven policies and initiatives targeted at children and young people. This is especially pertinent in the current educational landscape where schools and teachers are vested with the responsibility to address amyriad of public health issues (e.g. smoking, alcohol education, etc.). The work of Basil Bernstein on pedagogic discourse is apposite to understanding how discourses external to the educational field (i.e. health promotion) become re-contextualised to serve educational purposes. Using Queensland's Eat Well Be Active (EWBA) policies as a backdrop, this paper draws on Bernstein's model of transmission context, and examines the discourses embedded within the policies. Through its focus on the classification and framing of the discourses within the EWBApolicies, this paper aims to: (1) reveal the potential and expediency of Bernstein's model of transmission context in policy analysis; and (2) unmask the hegemony embedded within the policies.
Keyword Obesity
Physical education
Policy analysis
Bernstein
Pedagogic discourse
Transmission context
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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