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ERIC Number: EJ920780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
"The More Things Change...?": The Thatcher Years and Educational Reform in Scotland
Arnott, Margaret A.
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v43 n2 p181-202 2011
The period of the Thatcher Government continues to have special significance for politics and governance in Scotland. In the 11 years of the Thatcher Government, landmark legislation and reforms affected key areas of the Scottish society and economy. Education featured prominently in the Thatcherite agenda in Scotland. In Scotland, the education system's association with national identity had particular implications for educational policy making and implementation in Scotland under the Thatcher Government. The distinctiveness of the Scottish education system presented particular problems for a government intent on challenging the social democratic consensus. Opposition to the Thatcher Government, especially its perceived attack on the social democratic underpinnings of the welfare state which included the state schooling system, re-ignited the home rule campaign in Scotland in the late 1980s. The article examines both key legislation, namely the Education (Scotland) Act 1981, the School Board (Scotland) Act 1988 and the Self-Governing Schools etc. (Scotland) Act 1989, and also key non-legislative reforms to curriculum and assessment under the Thatcher Government in the area of public (state) schooling. The article argues that these reforms continue to influence the educational policy debates in Scotland today. (Contains 62 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)