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ERIC Number: ED468128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Belonging and "Achieving" in the Free Market of Education: A Study on Students' Sensibilities in an Aotearoa/New Zealand School.
Doerr, Neriko Musha
School reform in New Zealand in the 1990s greatly affected funding strategies and school social dynamics. This paper investigates the effects of per-pupil funding and the track system on the sensibilities of students in one New Zealand secondary school. Per-pupil funding and the track system are used in an effort to attract parents (consumers) and raise the school's value in the education market. The paper uses data from ethnographic research, focusing on 560 Year 10 students. Data were compiled from observations of students and interviews with students, parents, administrators, and teachers. Conclusions, meant to open up further discussion of school reform, include the following: (1) "Free-marketization" of education encourages a division between top-track and lower-track students, which creates for students different feelings of belonging to the school; (2) poorer students are sacrifices in the school's value-creation efforts, victims that the school sees as necessary for its survival; and (3) the school became "commodified" by the reforms but by different degrees, depending on the socioeconomic positions of parents. Included is a discussion of recent sociopolitical forces in New Zealand and how they influenced school reform. (Contains 27 references.) (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand