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ERIC Number: ED426448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 17
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Managerialism and Education: Interpreting the Evolving Process of Educational Reform in England and Wales.
Simkins, Tim
Since the late 1980's the British educational system has experienced a roller-coaster of policy changes. The focus and content of these changes have varied over time and among different parts of the educational system. The repositioning of organizations within public education is examined in this paper. It outlines the similarities and differences between the policy contexts facing schools and colleges in terms of Clarke and Newman's new field of forces. These changes are then related to the concept of managerialism, which is becoming an increasingly important part of the discourse about public-sector reforms in the United Kingdom. Some of the changes taking place in the management of schools and colleges as a result of reforms are outlined, followed by some general conclusions regarding factors that may have affected the different experiences of institutions as they have attempted to respond to new pressures. The text shows how policy developments in the schools and in higher education have shown important similarities, and it charts the rise of managerialism and its commitment to a series of cross-cutting attachments and to client-centered, professional and public-service values. Some of the changes in managerial practice, such as cultural distance, middle-management roles and structures, and managing staff, are analyzed. (Contains 44 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)