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Education and Public Policy in Australia - Simon Marginson

Education and Public Policy in Australia

Paperback Published: 26th July 1993
ISBN: 9780521439633
Number Of Pages: 304

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The gap between the demands placed an education and the resources allocated to it by government has increased dramatically in recent years. The education system in schools, TAFE colleges and universities is expected to absorb youth unemployment and play a key role in the modernisation of the economy, yet education spending as proportion of GDP has declined. The notion of education being important for its own sake and a key to equality in society seems to have been set aside, and economics now dominates debate on education policy. According to economic rationalists, education is a part of the economy like any other.

This book summarises and analyses the major issues in Australian education policy today: the relationship between education and work; the reform of higher education and vocational training; outputs and resources; class sizes; the role of government and the public-private debate in schooling. It also examines the main economic theories about education, including human capital theory and free market theory, and finds them seriously inadequate as a basis for policy. The author argues that economic rationalism has installed a free market agenda at the heart of public education policy, with deep consequences for the academic and democratic development of Australia's citizens.

List of Tablesp. viii
List of Acronymsp. x
Prefacep. xii
The Settingp. 1
Education in Australiap. 3
Economic Theories about Educationp. 29
Human capital theoryp. 31
Economic rationalism in educationp. 55
Education Policiesp. 81
Resources and outcomesp. 83
Productivity and efficiencyp. 102
Economic policies in higher educationp. 122
Preparation for workp. 143
Markets in educationp. 172
Private and public educationp. 200
Conclusionp. 229
Some final thoughtsp. 231
Referencesp. 256
Indexp. 278
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ISBN: 9780521439633
ISBN-10: 0521439639
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 26th July 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.27  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49