The Role of National Media in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Policy: a Case Study from Australia

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Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 2019, 19 (1), pp. 35 - 47
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© 2019, Ontario Institute for Educat. Studies. In 2013, the OECD released its findings from the Survey of Adult Skills (SAS) which assessed adults’ skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving in technology-rich environments in 22 countries. OECD initiatives like SAS and PISA have been the subject of critical policy studies, particularly in relation to their influence on national policymaking. National media as actors in these policy contexts have been the focus of some of these policy studies. Using a methodology informed by actor network theory (ANT), this study examines the Australian media’s responses to the release of the country’s SAS results, whilst making historical and international comparisons to uncover factors that mobilise the media to become a policy actor.
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