Education and nationalism: the discourse of education policy in Scotland

Margaret Arnott, Jenny Ozga

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The paper draws on critical discourse analysis to examine and discuss some of the key developments in the governing of education in Scotland since the election of the Scottish National Party (SNP) government in May 2007. It analyses these developments, drawing on a study of key policy texts and suggests that discourse analysis has much to contribute to the understanding of the governing strategy of the minority SNP administration as reflected in its education policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-350
Number of pages16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • education policy
  • discourse analysis
  • education in Scotland


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