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ERIC Number: EJ987318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1206-9620
New Zealand's Education Reforms: Engendering Changes in the Teacher Unions
Jesson, Joce; Simpkin, Gay
International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning, v11 Article 22 2007
The shifts in the New Zealand state formation have changed the environment within which teacher unions operate. The entire state has been reorganized into a market based model. From a position established in the 19th century as the voice of the profession in a relationship with the state, after 1989 the teacher associations were structurally shifted to a much more solidly industrial-only role as unions. Teaching itself was shaped to more outcomes based models, while teachers' workloads have increased enormously. This paper considers these changes in the legal structures, the industrial environment, and wider educational policy and their effects on the unions. It argues that a merger of the teacher unions is a logical response to the new political environment in order to provide unity for the development of an enhanced and deepened professionalism. However the particular professional identities of the members of both unions and their own separate histories are actively stopping the investigation of these opportunities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand