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Title: Searching for hidden assumptions : a critical discourse analysis of British Columbia's Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement policy
Author: Tarasoff, Lawrence Alexander Michael
ISNI:       0000 0004 8502 991X
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2019
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There exists persistent disparity in the achievement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal public school students in British Columbia (BC), Canada. The international literature stresses that education has the power to improve the lives and futures of indigenous peoples through the use of government policy. With that in mind, this study sets out to critically analyse BC's Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (EA) policy texts to better understand how Aboriginal education in BC is shaped, formed and reformed in the production and interpretation of the province's policy discourses. The study makes use of interviews and Fairclough's (2015) Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to uncover the discursive and social factors at play in the production and interpretation of BC's EA policy from the time of its creation in 1999 through to the Ministry of Education announcing their withdrawal from directly supporting the policy in 2016. The study concludes that the processes involved in EA policy production and interpretation within the broad social conditions and specific institutional settings of BC education may combine to sustain the current power relationships within Aboriginal education in BC. However, in some cases, the agency of policy interpreters does allow them to resist those aspects of the policy's discourses which place western educational value over traditional cultural understandings. Thus, the production and interpretation of BC's EA policy discourse is both normative and creative and acts to both sustain and subvert the current power relationships between those producing and interpreting the policy.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: L Education (General)