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Author Ball, Stephen J.

Title Education reform : a critical and post-structural approach / Stephen J. Ball
Published Buckingham [England] ; Philadelphia : Open University Press, 1994

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Description xii, 164 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Post-structuralism, ethnography and the critical analysis of education reform -- 2. What is policy? Texts, trajectories and toolboxes -- 3. Education, Majorism and the curriculum of the dead -- 4. Education policy, power relations and teachers' work -- 5. Cost, culture and control: self-management and entrepreneurial schooling -- 6. 'New headship' and school leadership: new relationships and new tensions -- 7. Education markets, choice and social class: the market as a class strategy in the UK and USA -- 8. Competitive schooling: values, ethics and cultural engineering
Summary 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
Analysis Education Policies Of Government
Notes "Reprinted 1995, 1997"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [149]-159) and index
Subject Education and state -- Great Britain.
Education -- Political aspects -- Great Britain.
Education -- Political aspects -- United States -- Great Britain.
Educational change -- Great Britain.
Educational sociology -- Great Britain.
LC no. 94012242
ISBN 0335192726 (paperback)
0335192734