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Understanding policy : Why health education policy is important and why it does not appear to work


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Evans, J., Davies, B., Rich, E. and De Pian, L., 2013. Understanding policy : Why health education policy is important and why it does not appear to work. British Educational Research Journal, 39 (2), pp. 320-337.

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Abstract

Drawing on research investigating the impact of health imperatives around obesity, diet and exercise on the actions of teachers and pupils in schools, this paper offers a reflexive account of the relationships between the ‘noise’ of obesity discourse in the public domain, policies forged to tackle health issues and the realities of teaching in schools. Our analyses suggest that intersections of bio-policies, body pedagogies and human agents forge assemblages of meaning that frame and regulate but cannot determine either teachers’ or young people’s lives. Teachers and pupils experience the capriciousness of policies as they flow through specific school contexts and intersect with ‘local’ institutional cultures, expectations and interests. We suggest that Basil Bernstein’s concepts and poststructural social theory prove useful when addressing how the aforementioned processes are emplaced, enacted and embodied.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsEvans, J., Davies, B., Rich, E. and De Pian, L.
DOI10.1080/01411926.2011.647679
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code31824

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