ERIC Number: EJ718933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 63
Conditions of Domination: Reflections on Harms Generated by the British State Education System
Beckmann, Andrea; Cooper, Charlie
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n4 p475-489 Sep 2005
Education in Britain increasingly appears to serve a very narrow notion of pedagogy, partly reflecting the "conditions of domination" generated by the rise of the new managerialism in the delivery of public services. In the name of economy, efficiency and effectiveness, social progress is increasingly seen to lie in achieving continual increases in "productivity", realised through giving management the absolute freedom to arrange its resources in whatever way it feels appropriate. At the heart of this critical reflection on these contemporary developments lies a concern for the role of education in democratic development, as well as the various harms that are the direct result of a profoundly reductionist and dehumanising "education" system. The article concludes by outlining some alternative possibilities for more humane and democratic pedagogical processes.
Descriptors: Role of Education, Politics of Education, Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Educational Administration, Productivity, Academic Achievement, Higher Education, Information Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Policy
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom