Linking curriculum theory and linguistics: the performative use of 'equivalence' as an educational policy concept
Abstract:The linguistic turn has helped to create new methods within social and educational theory. This study draws attention to the constitutive force of political language and the performative dynamics of one essentially contested concept—equivalence—in Swedish educational policy at both the national and the local level. It illustrates the way in which different interpretations of the concept of equivalence produce different truths, the performative concept thereby becoming a way of advocating particular understandings of the purpose of education.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2008