ERIC Number: ED333535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Policy Context of International Curriculum Reform Efforts in the 1980s.
Kennedy, Kerry J.
The United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia suffered a crisis of confidence in education in the 1980s that influenced their educational policy decisions. By examining these countries' educational concerns in the 1980s, this document portrays the national and international policy context that influenced school curriculum in that decade. After discussing the importance of societal and political context to curriculum reform efforts, political corporatism in relation to the economy and education is explored as the impetus for curriculum reform. Next, the responses of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia to economic concerns are examined each in turn. A final section reviews the governments' use of curriculum as an instrument of public policy development to meet the needs of the nations' economies. (30 references) (CLA)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Economic Factors, Economic Progress, Educational Attitudes, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, National Programs, National Security, Policy Formation, Political Power, Politics of Education, Public Policy, School Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; United Kingdom; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).