Title

Data-driven performativity: Neoliberalism's impact on drama education in Western Australian secondary schools

Author Identifier

Kirsten Lambert

ORCID : 0000-0001-7910-2373

Document Type

Other

Publication Title

Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

School

School of Education

RAS ID

36069

Comments

Lambert, K., Wright, P. R., Currie, J., & Pascoe, R. (2015). Data-driven performativity: Neoliberalism's impact on drama education in Western Australian secondary schools. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 37(5), 460-475. https://doi.org/10.1080/10714413.2015.1091260

Abstract

The much touted “difficult economic times” we live in have in recent years resulted in a drastic reduction in arts and education funding in western capitalist nations (Fowles 2014; Henwood and Featherstone 2013; Murray and Erridge 2012; Smith 2013). For example, in Australia, the 2013 landslide victory of the conservative Abbott government resulted in an almost immediate slashing of funding for education (A$1.1 b) and the arts (A$87.1 m) (Riddle et al. 2014, Tregear et al. 2014). Simultaneously, the new Federal government decided to spend A$12 billion on fifty-eight F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft (Tregear 2014). This prioritizing of government spending accords with what Henry A. Giroux would call the twin ideologies of neoliberalism and violence, or what he refers to as “today's culture of consumerism and violence” (Giroux 2013, 458)...

DOI

10.1080/10714413.2015.1091260

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Creativity, culture and artistic practice

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