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ERIC Number: EJ993438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Centrifugal Schooling: Third Sector Policy Networks and the Reassembling of Curriculum Policy in England
Williamson, Ben
Journal of Education Policy, v27 n6 p775-794 2012
This article examines changes in curriculum policy in secondary education in England. It is concerned with recent curriculum policy and reform, and the proliferation of non-government actors in curriculum policy creation. It examines the emergence of a loose alliance of third sector organisations and their involvement in a series of alternative "curriculum experiments". The third sector curriculum policy network revolves around a policy vision of decentralisation constituted by public-private partnership, media-friendliness, social enterprise and an "open source" or network-based organisational logic. It assembles a policy ideal of "centrifugal schooling" which links together ideas about "networked governance" with "flexible" learning and "entrepreneurial" curricula. The article traces and discusses some of the inter-organisational relations, materials and discourses of the third sector network of alternative curriculum policy developments, and provides a case study of a prototypical third sector curriculum programme. It examines the organisational relations and practices by which the project was produced and the conditions leading to its failure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)