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Using keywords analysis in CDA : evolving discourses of the knowledge economy in education.

Mulderrig, Jane (2008) Using keywords analysis in CDA : evolving discourses of the knowledge economy in education. In: Education and the Knowledge-based Economy in Europe. Educational Futures: Rethinking Theory and Practice . Sense, Rotterdam, pp. 149-169. ISBN 978-90-8790-622-1

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Abstract

This paper explores changes in educational discourse in the United Kingdom during three decades of crisis and radical change in British capitalism. Combining critical discourse analysis with corpus linguistic tools, it examines a corpus of seventeen White Papers spanning five Prime Ministers from Edward Heath to Tony Blair who, between them, led four alternating periods of Conservative and Labour rule. By linking social theory with corpus linguistic ‘keywords’ tools, the analysis identifies three successive educational policy concerns: a technocratic focus on educational outputs under Thatcher’s neo-liberal government; a visionary discourse of competitiveness under Major’s caretaker government; and a strategic policy aimed at building an internationally competitive, skills-based, economy under Blair’s New Labour Government. As well as discussing the implications of these textual findings for education’s role in economic policy, the chapter notes the contribution of this methodology to a systematic interdisciplinary investigation of public discourse.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 19159
Deposited By: Dr Jane M Mulderrig
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2008 14:08
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:37
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/19159

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