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While the photo is titled “How things fit,” this post will also discuss how things don’t fit neatly; how friction can be productive; and how spaces of controversy can provoke learning. In the Education Policy article below, I discuss how I’ve used actor-network theory  as an organizing methodological guide. Koyama.2011. Journal of Education Policy In […]

CAE Invited Roundtable: The influence of ethographies of schools and communities

How has your research, teaching, and/or learning been influenced by previous and/or contemporary ethnographic studies of schools and their communities? What aspects of your work either reflect the work of colleagues, mentors, or “elders in the field?

Bilingual Education as “Political Spectacle” (Koyama and Bartlett)

Excerpt from  draft of: Koyama and Bartlett. 2011. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Educational Policy as Political Spectacle This article draws upon Edelman’s (1988) theory of political spectacle as applied to educational policy by Smith (2004).  Political spectacles are, according to these scholars, political constructions of reality that “resemble theater, complete with directors, stages, […]

On the production of Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

To see the ways in which Herve Varenne is extending, presenting and “playing” with my work on NCLB’s Supplemental Educational Services. There you’ll even find an emerging comic strip based on the work of Ray McDermott, Herve Varenne, and Jill Koyama!  It’s entitled, “The School America Builds.” Here’s my article in Anthropology and Education Quarterly […]

Actor-Network Theory and Policy Study

An article in which I’ve utilized Actor-Network Theory (ANT): Koyama.2011. Journal of Education Policy   ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY   I draw upon actor-network theory (Latour, 1995, 2005) to examine the dynamic work and the relational links set in motion by the appropriation—commonly referred to as the formation and implementation—of educational policy and “to grasp the interactions (and […]

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