Teachers and the state: forming and re-forming ‘partnership'

Stevenson, Howard and Carter, Bob (2009) Teachers and the state: forming and re-forming ‘partnership'. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 41 (4). pp. 311-326. ISSN 0022-0620

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Teachers in the English and Welsh State education system have experienced a changing and turbulent relationship with the State in recent decades. This article adopts a historical analysis and argues that the concept of "partnership" is key to understanding the relationship between teachers and the State in the period since the Second World War. Initially a partnership based on a commitment to welfarist values, professional autonomy and collective bargaining; this has been systematically dismantled and reconstructed as a "social partnership" based on teacher union involvement in workforce reform coupled with a significantly more managerialist conception of professional accountability. Re-engineering the terms of its partnership with teachers has been central to the State's restructuring of public education along neo-liberal lines.

Keywords:Teachers, State, Teacher Unions
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:4155
Deposited On:11 Mar 2011 20:44

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