ERIC Number: EJ870747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Tony Blair's Big Prize? A Reply to Furlong
Hall, Dave; Gunter, Helen M.
Oxford Review of Education, v35 n6 p765-770 Dec 2009
In the December 2008 special issue of the "Oxford Review of Education" John Furlong focused upon Tony Blair's modernisation of the teaching profession and associated attempts to harness teacher professionalism to a broader reform agenda. This article responds to Furlong's contribution through an examination of the evidence base used to support his conclusions, the way in which different types of evidence are used in this process and the criteria used to judge Blair's success in this venture. It is suggested that Blair's reforms of the teaching profession might be better viewed as a mere technicality within a wider scheme rather than the "big prize" claimed by Furlong. It concludes by suggesting an alternative approach to writing the history of Blair and New Labour in this context which foregrounds the relationship between teachers and the state.
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Educational Change, Reader Response, Evidence, Criticism, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Politics of Education, Educational Research, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom