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.
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
The books in this series explore both leadership and policy for learning, equity, diversity, social justice, and anti-oppressive education in the context of decision-making in neoliberal times. Bringing together major theorists from the social and political sciences to critical studies of educational leadership and policy, the volumes in this series offer alternatives to the neoliberal dominant discourse and practices. How do policy makers and educational leaders experience decision making? What new tensions and challenges are they facing? What are the implications of decision-making processes and ideologies for social diversity, democracy, and equity? This series advances theoretical and empirical discussions on educational leadership and policy by incorporating different perspectives and paradigms that encourage educators to act meaningfully, innovatively, and democratically in diverse settings.