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ERIC Number: EJ870750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
Whose Big Prize? A Response to Hall and Gunter
Furlong, John
Oxford Review of Education, v35 n6 p771-774 Dec 2009
This article presents the author's response to Hall and Gunter who accuse the author of trying to mount "a stout defence" of New Labour's reforms of the teaching profession. Hall and Gunter go further and accuse the author of "triumphalism" in his use of the title "Tony Blair's big prize". Their second and more serious challenge concerns the evidence the author used in presenting his analysis. Hall and Gunter accuse him of being highly selective in his evidence, "summarily dismissing socially critical analysis", and elevating other forms of evidence (the increased recruitment, the relatively calm industrial relations, the better public regard) to make the case that, in the government's terms those reforms were largely a success. Like Hall and Gunter, the author is interested in "the bigger picture": the changed relationship between the teaching profession and the state. Like them he sees the importance of the challenges to the public welfare tradition provided by market based models of institutional management, managerialism and performativity. But before the "bigger picture" can be theorised, the author believes that one needs a careful documentation of the reforms that Tony Blair and his successive governments tried, over time, to introduce.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom