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Education reform: a critical and post-structural approach

Education reform: a critical and post-structural approach

Ball, Stephen J

This book builds upon Stephen J Ball's previous work in the field of education policy analysis. It subjects the ongoing reforms in UK education to a rigorous critical interrogation. It takes as its main concerns the introduction of market forces, managerialism and the National Curriculum into the organization of schools and the work of teachers. Ball argues that these reforms are combining to fundamentally reconstruct the work of teaching, to generate and ramify multiple inequalities and to destroy civic virtue in education. The effects of the market and management are not technical and neutral but are essentially political and moral. The reforms taking place in the UK are both a form of cultural and social engineering and an attempt to recreate a fantasy education based upon myths of national identity, consensus and glory. The analysis is founded within policy sociology and employs both ethnographic and post-structuralist methods

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Published Maidenhead; Philadelphia: Open University Press, 1994
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Statement of responsibility: Stephen J. Ball
ISBN: 0335230571, 9780335192724, 9780335230570
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-159) and index.
Physical Description: xii, 164 p. : ill.
Subject: Educational change Great Britain.; Educational policy; Education and state Great Britain.; Educational sociology Great Britain.; Educational change; Education Political aspects Great Britain.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Post-Structuralism, Ethnography and the Critical Analysis of Educational Reform
  2. What is/f002 /f001Policy?
  3. Texts, Trajectories and Toolboxes
  4. Education, Majorism and the Curriculum of the Dead
  5. Education Policy, Power Relations and Teachers' Work
  6. Cost, Culture and Control
  7. Self Management and Entrepreneurial Schooling
  8. 'New Headship'
  9. Schools Leadership, New Relationships and New Tensions
  10. Education Markets, Choice and Social Class
  11. The Market as a Class Strategy in the UK and US
  12. Competitive Schooling
  13. Values, Ethics and Cultural Engineering
  14. References
  15. Index