1st Edition

Educational Policy, Narrative and Discourse

By Allan Luke Copyright 2019
    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    This collection of Allan Luke’s key writings on educational policy, curriculum, and school reform follows the development and use of critical discourse analyses to study educational policy and practice. Turning to a series of narrative analyses of the relationship between politics, culture, economics, and education, Luke‘s writings address the challenges of shifting from an academic and scientific critique of policy to ‘getting your hands dirty’ in the making of state educational policy. The volume includes international examples of policy formation for social justice and equity, and closes with an auto-ethnographic view on policymaking and the need for increased critical, sociological evidence-based educational reform.

    Together with its companion volume, Critical Literacy, Schooling and Social Justice: The Selected Works of Allan Luke, this collection gathers Luke’s seminal key writings spanning the fields of education, applied linguistics, sociology, and cultural studies for the benefit of scholars, students, teachers, and teacher educators around the world.

    1. Text and Discourse in Education: An Introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis

    2. Getting Our Hands Dirty: Provisional Politics in Postmodern Conditions

    3. The Material Effects of The Word: Apologies, ‘Stolen Children’ and Public Discourse

    4. New Narratives of Human Capital: Recent Redirections in Australian Educational Policy

    5. After the Marketplace: Evidence, Social Science and Educational Research

    6. Curriculum, Ethics, Metanarrative: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Nation

    7. Teaching after the Market: From Commodity to Cosmopolitan

    8. Using Bourdieu to Make Policy: Mobilising Community Capital and Literacy

    9. Race and Language as Capital: A Sociological Template for Language Education Reform

    10. Educating the Other: Standpoint And Theory in the Internationalisation of Higher Education

    11. Generalising across Borders: Policy and the Limits of Educational Science

    12. Another Ethnic Autobiography? Childhood and The Cultural Economy of Looking

    13. On the Race of Teachers and Students: A Reflection on Experience, Scientific Evidence and Silence


    Allan Luke is Emeritus Professor of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, Affiliated Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada, and an Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University, China.

    "This is a superb selection of some of Allan Luke’s hardest-hitting and wisest contributions to educational policy. It provides invaluable insights regarding the major debates and theories that impact the everyday lives of front-line educational workers. It is a wonderful gift to the education profession."

    Barbara Comber, University of South Australia, Australia

    "The collection is a scholarly feast for educational scholars, public intellectuals and graduate students—especially those of us interested in literacy personally, locally, and globally."

    Robert J. Tierney, University of British Columbia, Canada