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ERIC Number: EJ820167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
Professionals, Partnerships and Learning in Changing Times
Harris, Suzy
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v15 n1 p71-86 Mar 2005
Under neo-liberal modes of governance, new forms of partnership are emerging. This article begins by looking at the notion of partnership and the dominant model of partnership operating under New Labour in the United Kingdom, through a discussion of two cases of partnership working. I argue that the dominant model of partnership is primarily concerned with promoting the modernising agenda, and is instrumentalist and economically driven. As a result, the potential for partnership, in terms of democratic renewal and participation, cannot be realised. In the final section I argue that we need to conceptualise partnerships as learning partnerships, through which collaborative working could provide opportunities and spaces to resist the narrow instrumentalism of the neo-liberal agenda. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom