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Schooling in Western Europe: The New Order and Its Adversaries

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Education in Europe is being transformed by a new policy orthodoxy, affecting all aspects of the school. Private sector involvement, decentralisation and curriculum reform are everywhere part of a reshaping of the school in the name of the competitiveness of a European knowledge economy. But these changes are accompanied by controversy. New policies challenge ideas about the value and purpose of education that have deep roots in the systems created by reforming movements in the ...
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Overview

Education in Europe is being transformed by a new policy orthodoxy, affecting all aspects of the school. Private sector involvement, decentralisation and curriculum reform are everywhere part of a reshaping of the school in the name of the competitiveness of a European knowledge economy. But these changes are accompanied by controversy. New policies challenge ideas about the value and purpose of education that have deep roots in the systems created by reforming movements in the post-war decades.

Drawing from the experience of researchers and activists from six Western European countries, this book analyses the terms of the new orthodoxy, as developed by bodies such as the EU and the OECD. It explores the remaking of teaching and learning, and management and governance and looks at new patterns of access and inequality. It is appreciative of reform's political successes, and critical of the narrowness of its educational vision. Finally, it argues that the conflicts that surround policy change are not yet settled; the opposition encountered by national governments, and by the EU itself, may yet take schooling in new directions.

About the Author:
Ken Jones is Professor of Education at Keele University, UK

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Chomin Cunchillos contributes on behalf of members of the Colectivo Baltasar Gracian, who publish the Spanishe e-journal Crisis

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Richard Hatcher is Director of Research in the Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University, UK

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Nico Hirtt is a teacher and activist in the Appel pour une ecole democratique in Belgium

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Rosalind Inneslectures in English at the Universita degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy

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Samuel Johsua is Professeur des sciences de l'education at the Universite de Provence Aix-Marseille, France

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Jurgen Klausenitzer is an educational consultant based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230551435
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

CHOMIN CUNCHILLOS is a Secondary School Teacher, IES "Emperatriz Maria de Austria", Spain RICHARD HATCHER is Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Central England, UK NICO HIRTT teaches Physics in Secondary Education in Belgium ROSALIND INNES is a Lecturer at the University of Basilicata, Italy SAMY JOHSUA is Professor of Education Science, University Aix en Provence, France KEN JONES is Professor of Education, Keele University, UK JUERGEN KLAUSENITZER is a retired teaching professional in Germany

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Table of Contents

An Emerging Order
• The Europeanisation of Schooling?
• System Change: Local Autonomy and the Evaluative State.
• Privatisation: From the Margins to the Centre
• Inequality Remade
• Teaching and Learning—the Terms of Modernisation
• Symbolic Worlds
• Human Resources: Students
• The Agency of Teachers
• Unconcluded
• References
• Index

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