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

Yan Ni Annie CHENG

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Abstract

The Hong Kong government recently reformed pre-primary education with the introduction of a voucher scheme. 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 policy. It suggests that critical discourse analysis can provide a useful analytical tool for analysing the complexities of policy. In particular it surfaces key tensions within policy, such as those between commitments to equity and efficiency, that may have a significant impact on policy implementation. The paper adds to the understanding of how a range of data analysis methods can help develop a more sophisticated understanding of policy development.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Citation

Cheng, A. Y. N. (2011, April). Analyzing complex policy change in Hong Kong: What role for critical discourse analysis? Paper presented at the (American Educational Research Association) AERA 2011 Annual Meeting: Inciting the social imagination: Education research for the public good, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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