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Presents 38 specially commissioned or previously published (1988-98) studies on recent changes in education policy throughout the world over the last quarter of the 20th century. Among the changes they explore are the move from localized and national policies toward encompassing international policies, the integration of schools into the world of work as demands for efficiency and performance have supplanted more traditional liberal goals of education to promote and provide the ideals of an educated elite and empowered autonomous individuals, the overt incorporation of market-led economic theories into education policy and associated management styles, and the transformation of education from a traditional welfare right to a privatized commodity. Their general themes are the definition, analysis, criticism, and research of education policy; markets and economic development; education policy and the state; race, development, and culture; and social justice, literacy, and new technologies. There is no subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Studies in Educational Policy at the End of the Millennium
Pt. I Education Policy: Definition, Analysis, Criticism and Research
1 What is Policy? Texts, Trajectories and Toolboxes 3
2 The Construction and Deconstruction of Educational Policy Documents 19
3 Implementation Research and Education Policy: Practice and Prospects 32
4 Critical Discourse Analysis as a Research Tool 49
5 Policy Research and Policy Theory: A Comment on Fitz and Halpin 63
6 Educational Policy Analysis and the Politics of Interpretation 67
7 Critical Policy Analysis: Exploring Contexts, Texts and Consequences 85
Pt. II Economics: Markets and Development
8 Review of Economics of Education: Research and Studies 101
9 Education, Globalization and Economic Development 106
10 Structural Adjustment and the Changing Face of Education 131
11 Politics, Markets, and the Organization of Schools 152
12 Human Capital Theory and the Industry Training Strategy in New Zealand 175
13 Quasi-Markets For Education? 197
14 Subjects and Subjugation: The Economics of Education as Power-Knowledge 206
15 Creating Quasi-Markets in Education: A Review of Recent Research on Parental Choice and School Autonomy in Three Countries 219
Pt. III Educational Policy and the State
16 The Politics of Official Knowledge: Does a National Curriculum Make Sense? 267
17 The State and the Governance of Education: An Analysis of the Restructuring of the State-Education Relationship 287
18 Parental Choice and Educational Reform in Britain and the United States 297
19 The Social Economy of Parent Choice and the Contract State 314
20 In Defence of the Welfare State and Publicly Provided Education: A New Zealand Perspective 338
21 Rethinking Decentralization and State/Civil Society Distinctions: The State as a Problematic of Governing 364
22 Teachers, Work, Restructuring and Postfordism: Constructing the New "Professionalism" 389
23 State and Education Revisited: Why Educational Researchers Should Think Politically About Education 417
Pt. IV Race, Development and Culture
24 Marketing Education in the Postmodern Age 497
25 The Politics of "Modernisation": Education Policy-Making at the Periphery 515
26 Review Article: On World Bank Education Financing 536
27 Where Have All the Public Intellectuals Gone? Racial Politics, Pedagogy, and Disposable Youth 549
28 Unthinking Whiteness, Rethinking Democracy: Or Farewell to the Blonde Beast: Towards a Revolutionary Multiculturalism 564
29 The Politics of Culture: Understanding Local Political Resistance to Detracking in Racially Mixed Schools 599
30 Racial Stratification and Education in the United States: Why Inequality Persists 625
31 New Mythologies in Maori Education 660
Pt. V Social Justice, Literacy and New Technologies
32 Poverty and Education 681
33 Trends in Access and Equity in Higher Education: Britain in International Perspective 706
34 Producing and Practising Social Justice Policy in Education: A Policy Trajectory Study from Queensland, Australia 718
35 Meanings of Literacy in Contemporary Educational Reform Proposals 741
36 The Abuses of Literacy: Educational Policy and the Construction of Crisis 763
37 A Post-Technocratic Policy Perspective on New Information and Communication Technologies for Education 788
38 Privatising the Past? History and Education Policy in the 1990s 798
Name Index 813
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