1st Edition

Exploring Education Policy Through Newspapers and Social Media The Politics of Mediatisation

By Aspa Baroutsis, Bob Lingard Copyright 2023
    224 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Exploring Education Policy Through Newspapers and Social Media offers an original, theorised, and empirically based account of contemporary (re)presentations, (re)articulations, and (re)imaginings of education policy through news and new media.

    In its thorough exploration of the uses and effects of newspapers and Twitter in education policy, the book provides a detailed, research-based account of media influences, and opens up multiple future research agendas in media sociology and policy sociology in education. The authors place an important, analytical focus on mediatisation and social mediatisation or deep mediatisation, and how both have effects and affects in education policy and politics. Their analyses situate these, sociologically, within changing societies, changing media, and changing education policy. The book also explores the effects of datafication and digitalisation of the social in all forms of media and their manifestations in morphing imbrications between the global, the national, and the local in education policies.

    This book will be of great interest to researchers, scholars, and higher degree research students in the domains of media sociology and policy sociology of education. It also will be of interest to policymakers and politicians in education, teacher unions, and education activists, journalists, and those concerned about the impacts of the decline in legacy media and the surveillance and commercialisation possibilities of new media.

    1. Exploring education policy through newspapers and social media 2. Mapping news, new media, and education policy 3. Media logics, journalism, and reporting education 4. Mediatising school accountability 5. Framing news coverage of systemic performance through comparisons, criticisms, and concerns 6. Microblogging about PISA and speaking back to policy 7. Digital activism enabling policy activism 8. The politics of mediatisation and education policy: Overview, contribution, and futures. Appendix


    Aspa Baroutsis is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Faculty of Education, Southern Cross University, Australia.

    Bob Lingard is Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University, and Emeritus Professor at The University of Queensland.

    "This book is topical, sophisticated and important. It presents a thorough analysis of the role of media, old and new, in relation to education policy, with substantive examples, and a sophisticated and comprehensive conceptual framework for further research. The book offers a set of key analytical tools for a field of study too long neglected by policy researchers. A must for any education policy researcher’s bookshelf."

    Emeritus Professor Stephen J Ball, University College London 

    "This is a highly important and timely book on the topic of education policy and the role of the media, both print and online. Focusing on the role of the continued mediatization of education governance, the book has been written by two dynamic researchers, whose writing and influence in the field of transnational education governance cannot be over-stated. Well-theorised and featuring a plethora of empirical analyses from a range of education policy contexts, this book is thoroughly recommended for students and scholars interested in the field of education governance and mediatisation in Europe and globally." 

    Professor Sotiria Grek, Chair in European and Global Education Governance, University of Edinburgh

    "The mediatisation of education is here to stay. This book provides persuasive evidence that education policy-making now involves multiple media, platforms and genres. Baroutsis and Lingard’s carefully constructed case studies clearly show that media makes and breaks educational understandings, shaping local and global educational practices for better and worse."

    Professor Pat Thomson, Professor of Education, The University of Nottingham