The editors have compiled this critical and comparative study of changes which took place in the New Zealand education system in the second half of the twentieth century. For other Western societies who have felt the impact of New Right policies the New Zealand case is interesting because it provides some indication of how policies of decentralization in education might be used to develop egalitarian and democratic educational policies.
In recent years there have been major changes to educational systems in the Western world. Often these changes have been justified by reference to successful educational practices in other countries. However, it is not always possible simply to abstract educational practices from one context and apply them in another successfully. Moreover claims that policies in one country are more successful than those in another have to be treated cautiously: there are always problems in making valid comparisons between the educational performances of different countries. It is important, therefore, that critical and comparative studies are made of educational systems which take full account of the contexts in which they are embedded.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Glossary. 1 Citizens or Consumers? The Politics of Educational Reform: An Introduction. Hugh Lauder, Cathy Wylie and Rose Parker-Taunoa. 2. Education and the Role of the State: Devolution and Control Post-Picot John Codd, Liz Gordon and Richard Harker. 3. Education, Democracy and the Crisis of the Welfare State Hugh Lauder. 4. Power to the People? The Great Education Reform Act and Tomorrow’s Schools: A Critical and Comparative Perspective John Evans and Brian Davies. 5. The Politics of Reforming Maori Education: The Transforming Potential of Kura Kaupapa Maori Graham Hingangaroa Smith. 6. ‘I Just Wanna Decent Job’, Working Class Girls’ Education: Perspectives and Policy Issues Alison Jones. 7. Notes on the Schooling of the English Working Class: What Lessons for New Zealand? A Comparative Briefing Paper Gerald Grace. 8. The Politics of Curriculum Innovation G I A R Khan. 9. Towards Pluralism and Democracy: the Administration of an Inner City School Ros Heinz. 10. Public Examinations and the Structuring of Inequality: A Case Study David Hughes and Hugh Lauder. 11. Illiteracy, Improper Literacy and the Development of an Underclass Colin Lankshear. 12. Towards an Alternative Transition Edcuation Policy Wanda Korndörfer. 13. Trade Union Education and Democracy Linda Sissons. 14. Work and Education Alan Scott and John Freeman-Moir. Notes on Contributors.
‘Makes an original contribution to educational understanding, and presents its evidence with human generosity and great complexity of detail.’ Observer
‘A brilliant study of the effect of a grammar-school education on working-class children and their families.’ New Statesman
‘Deserves the most careful study by politicians, administrators, teachers and parents’ Sunday Times