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ERIC Number: EJ954921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
Raising Standards 1988 to the Present: A New Performance Policy Era?
Hoskins, Kate
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v44 n1 p5-19 2012
This article explores the context of the period following the Education Reform Act 1988 in terms of the efforts by successive governments to raise academic standards. These attempts are illustrated by discussion of the impact of the introduction of market forces and parental choice, a centralised National Curriculum and associated assessment regime, the increasing cultures of performativity and surveillance in schools and the resulting commercialisation of education. The article then examines the current Secretary of State for Education, Mr Gove's, plans for the future standards agenda, speculating that the current trend of raising standards and emphasising standards and performance is nearing the end of its useful life. Finally, drawing on Barker's advocacy of progressive community schools and the best of the progressive tradition the article suggests a counter argument to the creeping commercialisation and narrow results-based focus on standards in schools since 1988. (Contains 81 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom