Education reform: a critical and post-structural approach

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Open University Press, 1994 - Education - 164 pages
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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. Ball 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 employs both ethnographic and post-structuralist methods.

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Stephen J. Ball is the Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of London, Institute of Education, where he is also Director of the Education Policy Research Unit. His books include The Micro-Politics of the School; Politics and Policymaking in Education; and Education Reform: A Critical and Post-Structural Approach. He edited the collection Foucault and Education, which has been translated into Spanish, Polish, and Japanese.