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Title: Leadership debate 2011 : [tentatively] positioning the NDP's education agenda
Author: Steeves, Tobey
Subject Keywords positioning analysis, education policy, education reform, NDP
Issue Date: 2011-04-08
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-07-20
Series/Report no. Explorations and Education Conference, held at The University of British Columbia, 1 April 2011
Abstract: As British Columbia’s political establishments shift regimes the topography of educational reform shifts, too. The New Democrat Party’s 2011 debate tour provided an opportunity to critically assess the contours of the party’s current educational reform agenda. In ‘debates’ which were open to the public and held across the province, candidates jockeying for leadership of the party discussed various aspects of BC’s educational policies - past, present and future. In this paper I apply Bamberg’s (1997) three-leveled Positioning Analysis to a transcript of one of these debates in order to map the preferred subjectivities, lines of power, and horizons of desire within the NDP’s agenda. In so doing, I hope to underscore the importance of sustained critical engagement with educational policy.
Affiliation: Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education (CCFI), Centre forEducation, Faculty of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/36185
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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