Education Policy, Neoliberalism, and Leadership Practice is a foundational book describing all aspects of neoliberalism and its broad scale impact in education. Drawing on research and canvassing policy developments across a range of contexts, this book critically analyzes neoliberal education policies, the practices and outcomes they spawn, and the purposes they serve. It interrogates how education leaders perceive and interpret neoliberal influences and the dilemmas and opportunities they create, while unpacking questions of why neoliberalism is the basis for educational policy, how neoliberalism impacts on education, and what this means for the future.
Table of Contents
Part 1: A rising tide lifts all boats
Chapter 1 Introduction: The misguided impatience of education policy
Chapter 2 Globalization, the free market and neoliberalism
Chapter 3 Individualism
Chapter 4 Privatization
Chapter 5 Choice
Chapter 6 Competition
Chapter 7 Improvement, innovation and entrepreneurialism
Chapter 8 Efficiency
Chapter 9 Productivity
Chapter 10 Performativity
Chapter 11 Accountability
Part 2: An ebbing tide?
Chapter 12 Education is off course
Chapter 13 What happened to equity?
Chapter 14 The rise of anti-educationalism and bad faith: A changing social psyche
Chapter 15 Education leadership in neoliberal times
Concluding remarks Exposing education’s ‘dirty little secret’: The Emperor has no clothes
Karen Starr is Professor and Inaugural Chair of School Development and Leadership at Deakin University, Australia.