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Taking Education Really Seriously : Four Years Hard Labour - Michael Fielding

Taking Education Really Seriously

Four Years Hard Labour

By: Michael Fielding (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th July 2001
ISBN: 9780415252102
Number Of Pages: 272

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Michael Fielding looks at what the Labour Government has achieved in the last four years with its policy of 'education, education, education'.
There has been widespread disappointment in New Labour's education policies, which on the whole have not steered too far wide of those put in place by Margaret Thatcher, including issues of marketisation, testing and performativity. Michael Fielding has called on the key policy thinkers in education to offer their opinions on what has happened in education over the first three to four years of the New Labour Government.
Education policy is a controversial subject and with a General Election expected within the next few months, this book will be read widely by people within education, politicians and journalists and by others anxious to get to facts and avoid the spin. The subject matter and the presence of so many high profile educationalists make this an essential read.

'There's a growing appetite among educators for literature which will give them some critical purchase on New Labour's educational policies.'- David Bridges, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of East Anglia, UK

List of figures and tables
Notes on contributors
Taking education really seriously: four years' hard labourp. 1
The modernising agendap. 15
High expectations and standards for all, no matter what: creating a world class education service in Englandp. 17
Alternative perspectives, particular valuesp. 43
Labour, learning and the economy: a 'policy sociology' perspectivep. 45
The good, the bad and the ugly: on four years' Labour education policyp. 57
Feeling policy realities on the pulsesp. 71
Renewed hopes and lost opportunities: early childhood in the early years of the Labour governmentp. 73
The impact of New Labour's educational policy on primary schoolsp. 84
Will the curriculum caterpillar ever learn to fly?p. 96
Further education under New Labour: translating the language of aspiration into a springboard for achievementp. 108
'It lifted my sights': revaluing higher education in an age of new technologyp. 119
The creative society: reuniting schools and lifelong learningp. 130
Levers of changep. 141
Target setting, policy pathology and student perspectives: learning to labour in new timesp. 143
Modernising headteachers as leaders: an analysis of the NPQHp. 155
Reforming teachers' pay: crossing the thresholdp. 169
'Modernising LEAs: changing framework of valuesp. 183
Rethinking the roles and realities of educational researchp. 195
Revitalising educational research: past lessons and future prospectsp. 197
Restructuring educational research for the 'Third Way'?p. 209
International perspectivesp. 223
The two solitudes: policy makers and policy implementersp. 225
Managing the myth of the self-managing school as an international educational reformp. 238
Indexp. 254
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415252102
ISBN-10: 0415252105
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 11th July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.9  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1