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Radical Reforms
Perspectives on an era of educational change

ISBN 9780415464024
Published January 14, 2009 by Routledge
272 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book draws on the lessons from one of the most intensive periods of educational reform in any country during recent times. The post-1997 English experience, under a New Labour government, is used to illustrate the opportunities and challenges associated with attempting to develop a world class education system. Such reforms are fiercely contested - and often polarized - with proponents stressing the opportunities created, while others reveal the erosion of professional values. Contributions from UK and overseas researchers, including Andy Hargreaves and John Smyth, reflect on the implications for those concerned with developing education systems across the globe.
Focusing on the challenges of radical reform in key areas - including variation in educational achievement; accountability and standards; linking school and community policies; workforce reform and choice and diversity - the book includes chapters on:
Accountability for School Improvement

Workforce-modelling and Distributed Leadership

Multi-agency Work and Children’s Services

The Education and Poverty Link

Personalised Learning

Initial Teacher Education

Drawing on the framework developed by New Labour to assess the approaches to and outcomes of interventions and the extent to which policies can deliver promised transformations - but going much deeper and wider than this - the authors present a critical account of reform by studying examples of policies, and conceptualizing the interplay between policy, practice and research.
With contributions from leading international commentators, this book will be of interest to researchers in education, education policy and school leadership.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A decade of New Labour reform of education

Helen M Gunter and Chris Chapman

Chapter 2: Labouring to Lead

Andy Hargreaves

Chapter 3: Accountability for Improvement: rhetoric or reality?

Daniel Muijs and Chris Chapman

Chapter 4: Control and response in primary school teacher’s work

Rosemary Webb

Chapter 5: Raising standards: what is the evidence?

Joanna Bragg and Bill Boyle

Chapter 6: School leaders: meeting the challenge of change

Gillian Forrester and Helen M Gunter

Chapter 7: Remodelling and Distributed Leadership: the case of the School Business Manager.

Charlotte Woods

Chapter 8: Initial Teacher Education: a(nother) decade of radical reform

Olwen McNamara

Chapter 9: New Provisions of Schooling:

Denis Mongon and Chris Chapman

Chapter 10: Networking a more equitable educational future? Rhetorics and realities

Andy Howes and Jo Frankham

Chapter 11: Personalized Learning:

Mel West and Daniel Muijs

Chapter 12: Swing, Swing Together: Multi-agency work in the new children’s services

Alan Dyson, Peter Farrell, Kirstin Kerr and Nadine Mearns

Chapter 13: New Labour and breaking the education and poverty link: a conceptual account of its educational policies.

Dave Hall and Carlo Raffo

Chapter 14: Using research to foster inclusion and equity within the context of New Labour education reforms

Mel Ainscow, Alan Dyson, Sue Goldrick and Kirstin Kerr

Chapter 15: Debating New Labour Education Policy

John Smyth and Helen Gunter

Chapter 16: Reflections on Reform: Perspectives and challenges

Chris Chapman and Helen M Gunter


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Dr Christopher Chapman is a Reader in Educational Leadership and School Improvement in the School of Education at the University of Manchester.

Professor Helen Gunter is Chair of Educational Policy, Leadership and Management in the School of Education at the University of Manchester.