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Choice and control: corpus-based discourse analysis of teacher education policy in England (2010-2021)

Ridgway, Rosie

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Education policy in recent years has dramatically repositioned the role and status of teachers, trainee teachers and teacher education in the UK and beyond. This paper focuses specifically on education policy in England; however, it has broader significance for those interested in education and teacher education in international policy contexts. Two corpora were constructed for the project; one collated education policy documents in 2010–2021, and another collated education policy documents in 1970–2009. The analysis used the corpus linguistic tool Wordsmith 8. Keywords, concordance, and collocation, were used to examine themes within the discourse of the focus corpus, supported by a critical policy discourse analysis frame. The themes identified in this analysis were governance (control) and marketisation (choice). These themes have strong connections to analyses of the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) and contribute to understanding how education policy discourses can frame teacher education. The positioning of trainee teachers as both product and subject of initial teacher education in education policy documents is explored in the analysis.

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Ridgway, R. (2023). Choice and control: corpus-based discourse analysis of teacher education policy in England (2010-2021). Cogent Education, 10(1), Article 2212118. https://doi.org/10.1080/2331186x.2023.2212118

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 5, 2023
Online Publication Date May 19, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date May 19, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 19, 2023
Journal Cogent Education
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 1
Article Number 2212118
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/2331186x.2023.2212118

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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.





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