Analysing complex policy change in Hong Kong: What role for critical discourse analysis?

Yan Ni Annie CHENG

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Abstract

Purpose – The Hong Kong government recently reformed pre-primary education with the introduction of a voucher scheme. At the time this policy caused considerable opposition from across Hong Kong Society. This paper seeks to use Fairclough’s model of critical discourse analysis to explore a key policy text and seeks to assess to what extent such an analytical framework can help develop a better understanding of the processes of policy development. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses critical discourse analysis methods and applies these to a specific policy text relating to the reform of pre-primary education. Findings – The paper suggests that critical discourse analysis can provide a useful analytical tool for analysing the complexities of the policy development process. In particular it surfaces key tensions within policy, such as those between commitments to equity and efficiency, that may have a significant impact on the outcomes of subsequent policy implementation. Research limitations/implications – The paper is based on a small scale study. Its findings are tentative. There is some merit in the approach adopted, but the use of this approach in relation to policy development requires further work to develop it. Originality/value – The paper adds to the understanding of how a range of methods of data analysis can help develop a more sophisticated understanding of the nuances of policy development. Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-366
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Citation

Cheng, A. Y. N. (2009). Analysing complex policy change in Hong Kong: What role for critical discourse analysis? International Journal of Educational Management, 23(4), 360-366.

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Primary education
  • Education
  • Educational policy
  • Public policy
  • Data analysis

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