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ERIC Number: EJ942979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-0311-2543
Public Schools in Australia from the Late 1970s to the Late 1980s: The Seeds of Change
Barcan, Alan
Education Research and Perspectives, v37 n2 p1-37 Dec 2010
The period from the late 1970s to the late 1980s were transition years for most public(government) school systems in Australia. A reaction was developing against the neo-progressive and radical (neo-Marxist) innovations of the late 1960s and 1970s such as school-based curricula, activity methods, and "open education". By the early 1980s the emerging economic rationalist, neo-liberal ideas favoured devolution of administrative responsibilities to schools ("the entrepreneurial school"), central control of the curriculum, and an emphasis on vocational training. This change was facilitated by a new form of political control of the administration: ministers for education, premiers and prime ministers and their political advisers determined policy, no longer relying heavily the advice of educational professionals. A new senior executive level in Departments was staffed by politically-approved administrators. Neo-liberal education was enthusiastically adopted in New South Wales and at the Commonwealth level. Victoria soon joined in; Tasmania and Queensland lagged behind.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia