Terri Bourke, Mary Ryan, Margaret Lloyd, The discursive positioning of graduating teachers in accreditation of teacher education programs, Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 53, January 2016, pp. 1–9
This paper uses discourse analysis techniques associated with Foucauldian archaeology to examine a teacher education accreditation document from Australia to reveal how graduating teachers are constructed through the discourses presented. The findings reveal a discursive site of contestation within the document itself and a mismatch between the identified policy discourses and those from the academic archive. The authors suggest that rather than contradictory representations of what constitutes graduating teacher quality and professionalism, what is needed is an accreditation process that agrees on constructions of graduate identity and professional practice that enact an intellectual and reflexive form of professionalism.
Accreditation; Foucault; Program standards; Professionalism; Teacher standards