Education Reform: A Critical and Post Structural Approach

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This book builds upon Stephen J. Ball's previous work in the field of education policy analysis. It subjects the ongoing reforms in UK education to a rigorous critical interrogation. It takes as its main concerns the introduction of market forces, managerialism and the national curriculum into the organization of schools and the work of teachers. The author argues that these reforms are combining to fundamentally reconstruct the work of teaching, to generate and ramify multiple inequalities and to destroy civic ...
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Overview

This book builds upon Stephen J. Ball's previous work in the field of education policy analysis. It subjects the ongoing reforms in UK education to a rigorous critical interrogation. It takes as its main concerns the introduction of market forces, managerialism and the national curriculum into the organization of schools and the work of teachers. The author argues that these reforms are combining to fundamentally reconstruct the work of teaching, to generate and ramify multiple inequalities and to destroy civic virtue in education. The effects of the market and management are not technical and neutral but are essentially political and moral. The reforms taking place in the UK are both a form of cultural and social engineering and an attempt to recreate a fantasy education based upon myths of national identity, consensus and glory. The analysis is founded within policy sociology and employ both ethnographic and post-structuralist methods.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780335192724
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Glossary
1 Post-structuralism, ethnography and the critical analysis of education reform 1
2 What is policy? Texts, trajectories and toolboxes 14
3 Education, Majorism and the curriculum of the dead 28
4 Education policy, power relations and teachers' work 48
5 Cost, culture and control: self-management and entrepreneurial schooling 65
6 'New headship' and school leadership: new relationships and new tensions 84
7 Education markets, choice and social class: the market as a class strategy in the UK and USA 102
8 Competitive schooling: values, ethics and cultural engineering 128
References 149
Index 160
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