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Neoliberalism and Education Systems in Conflict
Exploring Challenges Across the Globe

ISBN 9780367362935
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
236 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Neoliberalism and Education Systems in Conflict: Exploring Challenges Across the Globe explores how neoliberal values are imprinted onto educational spaces and practices, and by consequence, fundamentally reshape how we come to understand the educational experience at the school or system level. Countries across the globe struggle with the residual effects of increased accountability, choice/voucher systems, and privatization.

The first section of the book discusses the direct imprint of neoliberal policies on educational spaces. The next section examines the more indirect outcomes of neoliberalism, including the challenges of inequity, access, violence, racism, and social justice issues as a result of neoliberal ideologies. Each section of the book includes case studies about education systems across the globe, including Britain, Middle East, Turkey, United States, China, and Chile written by international contributors.

Neoliberalism and Education Systems in Conflict is essential reading for educators, scholars, and faculty of educational leadership and policy globally.

Table of Contents

1. A Call to Explore and Map the Educatıonal Challenges under Neolıberalısm across the Globe

Khalid Arar, Deniz Örücü and Jane Wilkinson

Part I: Challenges of Markets, Poverty and Privatization

2. Challenges of School Principals and Teachers in Private Schools: Comparison of Two Cases in the Middle East

Deniz Örücü and Khalid Arar

3. Neolıberal Challenges in Public Schools in Hong Kong: An East Asian Model?

Paula Kwan, Benjamin Yuet Man Li and Trevor Tsz-lok Lee

4. Principals’ Leadership Tensioned by Market Pressures in Chile

Romina Madrid Miranda, Claudia Córdoba Calquín and Catherine Flores Gómez

5. Polıcy-Practıce Decouplıng: Education Inspection Reform in China

Meng Tian and Xianjun Lan

6. Issues in Pre- and Primary School Education in Rural Turkey: Teachers’ Experiences and Perspectives

Ecem Karlıdağ-Dennis and Zeynep Temiz

7. Stepping Up or Stepping Aside? The Necessity of Balancing Promise with Critique

Maysaa Barakat and Daniel Reyes-Guerra

8 Neoliberalism—the straw that broke the back of Lebanon’s Education System

Julia Mahfouz

9. The neoliberal challenge to leading in disadvantaged public primary schools in Victoria, Australia

Katrina MacDonald, Jane Wilkinson and Corine Rivalland

Part II: Challenges of Immigration, Conflict and Social Injustice

10. Educational Administration Challenges in the Destabilised and Disintegrating States of Syria and Yemen: The Intersectionality of Violence, Culture, Ideology, Class/Status Group and Postcoloniality

Eugenie A. Samier

11. Commonalities in schools and education systems around the world shifting from welfarism

to neo liberalism; are the kids okay?

Alison Taysum and Carole Collins Ayanlaja

12. Doing Social Justice Leadership in Challenging Circumstances: Principals’ Perspectives

Rinnelle Lee-Piggott, Dyanis Conrad-Popova and Dennis A. Conrad

13. How Leaders of Outstanding Muslim Schools in England Interpret Islamic Educational Values in a Neoliberal Climate: ‘British Values’ and Market Competition

Fella Lahmar

Concluding Remarks: The Global/Local Nexus of School Challenges under Neoliberal Policies: What Next?

Khalid Arar, Deniz Örücü and Jane Wilkinson

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Khalid Arar is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, College of Education at Texas State University, Texas, USA.

Deniz Örücü is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at Başkent University Faculty of Education, Ankara, Turkey.

Jane Wilkinson is Professor of Educational Leadership at Monash University and an adjunct in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.


"Neoliberalism and Education Systems in Conflict: Exploring Challenges Across the Globe, examines the seemingly endless and diverse needs of societies, schools and children facing challenging circumstances around the world in order to better understand the strategies and practices educators employ to navigate their way through a dominant global neoliberal agenda. Contributing scholars from five continents provide critical insights into the challenging global-local (glocal) contexts that schools in their region confront as they attempt to improve the life chances of all school age children. This edited volume is an important read for educational practitioners and policymakers struggling to understand the top-down/bottom-up pressures they confront daily."
Stephen Jacobson, Editor of Leadership and Policy in Schools, and Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo, USA

"Arrar, Örücü, and and Wilkinson deserve commendations for two important reasons. First, for bringing together an impressive list of scholars from across the globe, at very different stages at their careers to reflect upon and share ideas and knowledge on one of the major issue of the day: the interplay between educational leadership and neoliberalism. Second, for helping to move existing debates on the subject forward by examining the issues faced by education systems from the individual school level to the wider macro/systemic level. This represents a major departure from existing literature and has potential to fill many contextual gaps in our understanding of how individual schools interact with the system in the face of neoliberalism. The unique case studies from countries around the word provide meaningful glimpses into the strategies and practices employed by key actors within different educational spaces to navigate global neoliberal agenda whilst remaining relevant to the students and society in which they live and work."
Paul W. Miller, President of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management, Head of the School of Education, and Professor of Educational Leadership and Social Justice, University of Greenwich, UK

"Context, context, context is the rallying cry for this provocative new book regarding global challenges facing education. The book, with authors worldwide, argues that the complex realities of contradictory ideas and interests of society as a whole will need to contextualize solutions. The concept of local uniqueness will need to intersect with theoretical perspectives makes this new book a valuable contribution to the thinking of contemporary educational leaders."
Rosemary Papa, Founder of Educational Leaders Without Borders and Professor of Comparative & International Education and Leadership, Soka University of America, USA