A Critical Discourse Analysis Of The Malaysian Smart Schools (mss) Conceptual Blueprint And Implications To Implementation

Kean Wah, Lee and Siew Ming, Thang A Critical Discourse Analysis Of The Malaysian Smart Schools (mss) Conceptual Blueprint And Implications To Implementation. The International Journal Of Language Society And Culture, 30. 20.

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Abstract

The paper discusses a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) (Fairclough, 1992, 2001) of the Malaysian Smart School Conceptual Blueprint, a policy document of the Ministry of Education of Malaysia for the implementation of the Malaysian Smart Schools (MSS). The main purpose of the study was to identify discourses that represent commonly held assumptions about what different participants and teachers in particular, as represented in the text in question, are constructed in terms of how these discourses represent continuity of particular practices and/or constitute a platform for change. Analysis showed that, the Malaysian Smart School Blueprint policy can be considered a hybridised text containing competing discourses, where discourses for inclusion of best educational practices sit alongside the more traditional discourses of student (and teacher) deficit or need. Analysis also revealed that the discourses evident in the Blueprint can be seen as speculative, evolving and filled with discursive tension which may leave readers feeling apprehensive of the rhetoric used in the persuasive document. The outcome might be a facade of change, well-developed policy rhetoric but an enormous challenge to achieve a significant impact on schools.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysian Smart School, Cda, Smart School Curriculum, Blueprint
Subjects: Linguistics Education > TESL
Divisions: Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Depositing User: @ IT Manager UTM...
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 17:06
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 06:34
URI: http://merr.utm.my/id/eprint/1088

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