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Education Policy, Neoliberalism, and Leadership Practice
A Critical Analysis

ISBN 9781138721043
Published April 22, 2019 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

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

Series Introduction


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

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Karen Starr is Professor and Inaugural Chair of School Development and Leadership at Deakin University, Australia.