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State and Education Policy : The Academies Programme - Helen M. Gunter

State and Education Policy

The Academies Programme

Hardcover Published: 3rd March 2011
ISBN: 9781441143112
Number Of Pages: 320

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The well-editedcollection of papers by leading researchers and participants within a major reform process of the state and education system in particular. The shift from welfare based provision of public services to the quasi-market with private delivery and philanthropic investment is an issue that needs a thorough examination through evidence and rigorous argument. This book seeks to do this by not only charting events and providing detailed examination about what is happening but also by locating these developments within a contemporary political and social analytical framework. Topics covered include: the legal and political process of establishing Academies the working and impact of Academies using a range of data and perspectives the debates and issues regarding this major reform, with comparative perspectives. The book will show how the Academies Programme in England is an important site for examining the growth of neoliberal ideas and practices in the framing and delivery of public services such as education.

'The Academies programme in England enjoys strong political support from economic neo-liberals. The evidence in its favour is mixed, at best. Helen Gunter's The State and Education Policy sets out the ideological, political, legal, historical and empirical basis of the programme. The collection is informed, coherent and critical; the contributions are scholarly and readable. It is altogether very impressive.' David Hartley, Professor of Professional Learning, University of Birmingham, UK
'This is an incredibly important book on an issue deserving of close scrutiny. It offers precisely the kind of deep analysis that should be mandatory before ill-considered strategies are embarked upon by ideologically-driven governments. It raises crucial questions central to the role of the state, civil society, and the place of private interests in educational policy and school reform.' John Smyth, Research Professor of Education, University of Ballarat, Australia

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Illustrationsp. viii
Abbreviationsp. x
Contributorsp. xiii
Prefacep. xx
Introduction: Contested Educational Reformp. 1
Academies and the Lawp. 19
Local Government against Local Democracy: A Case Study of a Bid for Building Schools for the Future Funding for an Academyp. 39
The Birth of Norwich's First School Academy: A Case Studyp. 52
Academy Consultation Meetings: Local Discourse on a National Policyp. 66
Academies in the Public Interest: A Contradiction in Terms?p. 79
From Reality to Vision: The 'Birth' of The Petchey Academy in Hackneyp. 92
What Works? An Empirical Assessment of Strengths, Weaknesses and Next Steps for the Academies Initiativep. 105
Are Academies Working?p. 120
'Rapidly Improving Results': Penetrating the Hype of Policy-Based Evidencep. 133
Academies, Policy Networks and Governancep. 146
Joining Up the Dots: Academies and System Coherencep. 159
The New Enterprise Logic of the Academy Programmep. 171
International Perspectives on Academies: Lessons Learned from Charter Schools and Choice Options around the Globep. 185
Academies and the Myth of Evidence-Based Policy: Limits and Possibilitiesp. 199
Conclusion: Public Education and Academiesp. 212
Open and Planned Academies (January 2010)p. 234
The Academy Programme Processp. 269
Referencesp. 272
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9781441143112
ISBN-10: 1441143114
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd March 2011
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1