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ERIC Number: EJ810029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
The Continuing Politics of Mistrust: Performance Management and the Erosion of Professional Work
Fitzgerald, Tanya
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v40 n2 p113-128 Aug 2008
For the past two decades schools and teachers in New Zealand and elsewhere have been the subject of and subjected to intense public scrutiny of their performance and professional activities. In effect, policy solutions have cast teacher and school performance as a "problem" to be solved/resolved via the intervention of the State. Consequently, the policy remedy has been the introduction of audit mechanisms such as systems of performance management to define, regulate and control teaching and teachers. That is, the State has directly intervened in the professional work and activities of teachers based on the flawed assumption that teachers cannot be trusted and therefore require the intervention of the State and its agencies to ensure their performance is aligned with organisational objectives. And while one of the hallmarks of a profession and professional practice is adherence to a set of prescribed standards, performance management has rendered teachers accountable to the State, not professional peers. And, as this article outlines, this has served to de-professionalise teaching and teachers' work. (Contains 86 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand