The theory of enactment by Stephen Ball: And what if the notion of discourse was different?


  • Alice Casimiro Lopes State University of Rio de Janeiro



Curriculum Policy, Theory of Enactment, Interpretation, Translation


The studies of curricular policies, and educational policies in general, based on Ball’s theoretical approaches produced at the end of the 1980s are still considered potent in a variety of research work carried out in Brazil and other countries in the world. Several studies incorporate the approach of the policy cycle into curricular research, thus contributing to deepen the understanding of curriculum and open up to other research agendas, especially those directed toward the connections between structural constraints and the possibilities of agency. For these reasons, in this article I focus on Ball’s theory of enactment, making it dialogue with the theory of discourse in the post-structural register constructed by Laclau and Derrida. I am interested in strengthening the post-structural register already present in Ball’s discussions, seeing his productivity as something positive for more complex views of the curriculum policies that question the separation between interpretation and translation, proposal and practice, structure and agency.


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Author Biography

Alice Casimiro Lopes, State University of Rio de Janeiro

Pesquisadora nível 1C do CNPq, membro do CA ED CNPq, Cientista do Nosso Estado Faperj, Editora da Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, autora de vários livros, capítulos e artigos sobre política de currículo, organização curricular e pensamento curricular.



How to Cite

Lopes, A. C. (2016). The theory of enactment by Stephen Ball: And what if the notion of discourse was different?. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 25.



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