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ERIC Number: EJ907928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1477-9714
Conspirators in a Neo-Liberal Agenda? Adult Educators in Second-Chance Private Training Establishments
Walker, Judith
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v14 n1 p55-73 Spr 2008
This paper presents the findings of a qualitative study that explored the impact of neo-liberal policy and ideology on educators and directors working in second-chance Private Training Establishments (PTEs) which were created at the height of the neo-liberal reforms in New Zealand. By examining the experiences of 14 educators and directors in four PTEs, this research found that although those working in second-chance PTEs are not impervious to neo-liberal discourse and policy, they do not automatically reflect a rightist agenda. While assessment, funding, outcomes, and monitoring have encouraged tutors and directors to adopt a more behaviourist approach in the classroom and in their jobs, the findings also indicate that adult educators critically examine and constantly negotiate their practice. (Contains 2 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand