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Van Aswegen, Jennifer; Shevlin, Michael – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Responding to the special issue call "Capital and Capability," this paper undertakes a critical policy analysis of a recently published Irish labour market activation strategy for people with disabilities through a discourse analytical framework. Drawing on a disability studies lens informed by Foucault's theory of discourse, the study…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Neoliberalism, Educational Philosophy, Disabilities
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Brunila, Kristiina; Kallioniemi, Arto – Policy Futures in Education, 2018
Equality work is often conducted as education and teaching, and both are an intrinsic part of equality work. In this article, we focus on equality work and challenging heteronormativity by contextualising our focus both on the educational system as a whole but especially on teacher education. The promotion of equality in teacher education began in…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Teacher Education, Womens Studies, Sex Fairness
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Bolin, Timothy D. – Policy Futures in Education, 2017
An exploration is presented of how education policy and practice may be used to transform society. Specifically, connections are made between Paulo Freire's teaching strategies and radically democratic organizing. The connections are contextualized within the prefigurative tradition, which explores how the democratic process is central to…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Teaching Methods, Democratic Values, Role of Education
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Giroux, Henry A. – Policy Futures in Education, 2014
This article describes America's descent into madness under the regime of neoliberalism that has emerged in the United States since the late 1970s. In part, this is due to the emergence of a public pedagogy produced by the corporate-owned media that now saturates Americans with a market-driven value system that undermines those formative…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Politics of Education, Commercialization, Educational Change
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Carr, Paul R.; Pluim, Gary; Thésée, Gina – Policy Futures in Education, 2014
The manner in which the built environment is constructed has a tremendous effect on the degree to which health, wealth and social outcomes are distributed within a society. This is particularly evident when a crisis of the natural environment affects the built environment, as was the case after the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Understanding the…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Democracy, Social Justice, Natural Disasters
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Peters, Michael A. – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
This interview conducted with Henry Giroux begins by probing Henry's childhood, upbringing and undergraduate years to discover where his sense of social justice took hold. It also questions Henry about his working-class background and the major influences on his thought, including his relationships with Paulo Freire and Howard Zinn. The interview…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Social Justice, Political Attitudes, Autobiographies
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Giroux, Henry A. – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
This article argues that under neoliberal casino capitalism there has been a wholesale attack not only on the social state but also on those public spheres that enable the formative cultures necessary to produce critical agents, engaged subjects, and the literacies necessary to make power and authority accountable. In this instance, the struggle…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, World Views, Power Structure, Public Sector
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Giroux, Henry A. – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
Anti-intellectualism and political illiteracy are sweeping across the American media and cultural landscape, giving rise to discourses that are unabashedly nativist, racist, and reactionary. Populist sentiments drive the rabid individualism and anti-government rhetoric of right-wing groups such as the Tea Party movement. Underlying these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Citizenship Education, Anti Intellectualism
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Keller, J. Gregory – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
The Council of Europe's 2008 "White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue: 'living together as equals in dignity'" points to the need for shared values upon which intercultural dialogue might rest. In order, however, to overcome the monologic separateness that threatens community, we must educate ourselves to recognize the dialogism of our…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Intercultural Communication, Social Values, Foreign Countries
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Gur-Ze'ev, Ilan – Policy Futures in Education, 2010
Counter-education that addresses seriously the challenge of loss, exile, and the deceiving "home-returning" projects accepts that no positive Utopia awaits us as "truth", "genuine life", "worthy struggle", "pleasure" or worthy self-annihilation. Loss is not to be recovered or compensated; not for the individual nor for any kind of "we". And yet,…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Patriotism, Creativity, Philosophy
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Gur-Ze'ev, Ilan – Policy Futures in Education, 2010
Under current historical conditions, as Israelis, Jews are structurally almost prevented from facing the possibility of living in light of the Messianic impetus, as the world's universal moral, intellectual, and creative vanguard. This special Jewish mission was made possible by the Jews' unique homelessness--a Diasporic existence as a realized…
Descriptors: Jews, Homeless People, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes
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Agassi, Joseph; Swartz, Ronald – Policy Futures in Education, 2007
This dialogue centers on the following questions: (1) How can schools help a society select or identify new elites who are hopefully as good as and perhaps even better than those individuals who belong to the existing elite system?, and (2) How can we create learning situations that provide the most general learner with a broad basic education?…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Democracy, Schools, Educational Change
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Cole, Mike – Policy Futures in Education, 2004
The author begins by discussing David Geoffrey Smith's analysis of the enantiomorphism inherent in the rhetoric of New American Imperialism. He goes on to examine critically Smith's defence of Enrique Dussel's advocacy of transmodernism as a way of understanding this enantiomorphism and of moving beyond what are seen as the constraints of both…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Role of Education, Postmodernism, Educational Change