Project Details

Neo-liberalist education policy formation and translation: The case of South Korea and Hong Kong

Many educational researchers have observed that neo-liberalism has had a significant presence in most educational contexts (e.g., Ball, 2012; Ward, 2012), and it reconceptualises education and stakeholders differently from the traditional way using business concepts. For instance, schools are conceptualized as service providers and parents and students as consumers who bear the responsibility of selecting the right services, which often work against those who are socio-economically marginalised. Through a document-based project, and adopting the approach taken by Ball (2012), the investigators aims to explore ”how” neo-liberal discourse is manifest in educational policy documents. They will also track changes in the discourse, if any, during their translation into different schemes and initiatives, and if so, how. A case study will be conducted on two policies which are often identified to be neo-liberalist policies, that is, policies concerning state-funded outsourcing of teaching in Hong Kong and May 31 Educational Reform in South Korea. Documents generated around the policies including consultation reports and executive plans will be collected and analysed using the critical discourse analysis (Fairclough, 2001), as well as thematic content analysis. This project will shed insight into the shape and role of the neo-liberal discourse in education policies in both contexts. Reference Ball, S. J. (2012). Global education Inc.: New policy networks and the neo-liberal imaginary. London, UK: Routledge. Fairclough, N. (2001). The discourse of New Labor: Critical discourse analysis. In Wetherell, M. Taylor, S., and Yates, S. (eds.). Discourse as data: A guide for analysis. Milton Keynes: Open University. Ward, C. S. (2012). Neoliberalism and the global restructuring of knowledge and education. London, UK: Routledge.

Commencement Date : 2013/10
Completion Date : 2015/9
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr CHOI, Tae Hee 崔太僖 [EPL]
Co-Investigator(s) : KIM, Yong *
Keyword(s) : privatisation of education   policy inception   policy implementation   policy impact  




*Investigator from an outside institution/organization


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