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      Emerging discourses within the English 'choice advice' policy network

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      London Review of Education

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      CHOICE ADVISERS, DISCOURSE, POLICY NETWORKS, PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

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            This paper examines regulating discourses 'spoken' within the complex multi-sector network of educational policy and provision that has grown from a recent introduction of choice advisers in England. Choice advice documentation from across the network is examined and four discursive themes are identified: equity; parental responsibility; independence/impartiality; and realism. The paper suggests that choice advice – as an English policy case illustrating broader social and political trends – superficially promotes empowerment for disadvantaged parents with a depoliticised, managerial approach while disempowering them by diverting attention away from wider stratification and shifting responsibility for educational quality away from the state.

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            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            01 November 2009
            : 7
            : 3
            : 249-260
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            1474-8460(20091101)7:3L.249;1- s5.phd /ioep/clre/2009/00000007/00000003/art00005
            10.1080/14748460903290249
            4cbf9fa8-060c-4f0a-b22a-bbb6e6400c91
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