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ERIC Number: EJ982007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
Democratic Shortfalls in Privatized Curriculum Policy Production: Silencing the "Potted Plants" and Politicizing "Quick Fixes"
Pinto, Laura Elizabeth
Policy Futures in Education, v10 n2 p142-154 2012
Democratic policy production requires the input of citizen voices, ideally through a process that actively engages a broad range of stakeholders in decision-making. This article describes Ontario's curriculum policy formulation process during the 1990s, based on archival documents and interviews with 16 policy actors. The privatization of curriculum policy production resulted in a politicized environment that silenced citizens' voices. Though contracting writers through a bidding process allowed the government to produce a vast amount of policy in a relatively short period of time, findings reveal how policy actors' roles were reduced to "potted plants" charged with carrying out a predetermined agenda rather than active participants in a robust democratic process. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada