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ERIC Number: ED424627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Pages: 16
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Reshaping Public Education.
Levin, Benjamin; Young, Jonathan
Many countries around the world are engaged in large-scale, government-mandated education reform. To explicate the working of these reforms, a study of government-mandated reform in New Zealand, England, Canada, and the United States is described. The paper reports on some of the main issues that are emerging, including the finding that current reforms in these areas seem to embody a sharp break from what might be called the "post-war consensus" on education policy, both in terms of substance and in policy processes. Education policy is becoming more polarized and there are many fears about the negative consequences of current directions. The focus is on three areas in reform efforts: (1) the centralization of curriculum coupled with large-scale testing of students and evaluation of schools; (2) the decentralization of management responsibility from intermediate bodies to individual schools; and (3) the introduction of elements into a market system of education. The paper looks at the commonalities and differences in reform and the shift away from past practices. Public education is being reshaped but that the situation is diverse and that reform usually marks less of a change than rhetoric suggests. (Contains 30 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; New Zealand; United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States