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Putting words in their mouths : the alignment of identities with system goals through the use of individual learning plans.

Hamilton, Mary (2009) Putting words in their mouths : the alignment of identities with system goals through the use of individual learning plans. British Educational Research Journal, 35 (2). pp. 221-242. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

This article analyses the role of Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) in teachers' work in the Skills for Life sector. It shows how ILPs, originally a means of formative assessment, have become part of a system of performance indicators and function as a key mediating mechanism between local interactions and system goals. The article draws on theoretical perspectives from the new literacy studies and the sociology of science to reveal the pivotal role of texts in projects of social ordering. The methodology is a version of institutional ethnography, whereby an artefact (the ILP) is tracked as it circulates across the different sites of its production and use. Documentary and interview evidence are used. The article concludes that, in its current form, the ILP shapes teaching and learning relationships and aligns both tutor and student identities. Permissive guidance, combined with a core curriculum, the demands of audit and inspection, positions tutors uncomfortably as active mediators between student experience and the policy discourse.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Educational Research Journal
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 26605
Deposited By: Professor Mary Hamilton
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2009 16:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:34
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26605

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