Education, Training and the Future of Work: Social, Political and Economic Contexts of Policy Development

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A central claim of this volume is that public policy in education and training can only be properly understood if it is seen in relation to prevailing economic and employment conditions. It has become increasingly apparent that the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by Western governments during the 1980s and 1990s have led to a growing world-wide 'work crisis'. Unemployment levels, particularly in Europe, remain persistently high, and for those in employment, job insecurity and long working hours have become ...
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Overview

A central claim of this volume is that public policy in education and training can only be properly understood if it is seen in relation to prevailing economic and employment conditions. It has become increasingly apparent that the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by Western governments during the 1980s and 1990s have led to a growing world-wide 'work crisis'. Unemployment levels, particularly in Europe, remain persistently high, and for those in employment, job insecurity and long working hours have become the norm. The response of UK governments has been to promote 'flexibility' in employment practices while proclaiming the importance of improving skill levels through education and training.

This volume challenges the adequacy of such an approach, and asks whether reliance on education and training reforms without additional political intervention in economic processes is capable of reversing current trends.

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In this reader for the UK Open U. MA program for educators, a dozen recent, mostly reprinted selections confront the changing nature of work in the global economy and its impact on school work experience policy and the local 1990s labor market. Vol. II addresses vocational policy development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415202091
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures and tables vii
Preface viii
Acknowledgements xiii
Source acknowledgements xiv
Introduction 1
1 The changing nature of work 14
2 Education, globalization and economic development 31
3 The great work dilemma: education, employment and wages in the new global economy 62
4 The new knowledge work 76
5 Jobs and people 97
6 Evaluating the assumptions that underlie training policy 113
7 Expanding employment 141
8 Managerializing organizational culture: refashioning the human resource in educational institutions 160
9 The University of Life plc: the 'industrialization' of higher education? 186
10 Economic restructuring and unemployment: a crisis for masculinity? 199
11 Social change and labour market transitions 219
12 Big pictures and the detail: school work experience policy and the local labour market in the 1990s 236
Index 258
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