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What effect has two decades of intensive state direction and government involvement had on education?

Designed for Education Studies students who have probably grown up in this context of government intervention, this book deconstructs accepted notions and provides readers with the resources to discuss critically the role of the governments in education and schooling. The book examines government policy in a series of key areas, such as the curriculum, market forces, educational inequality, and race issues. Throughout, it considers the political and economic factors in education policy, introducing some of the fundamental concepts required to analyze the ideologies of education and the state. The authors explore the role of education policy in the context of the general direction of government policy, politics, and the economy, making links with other policy areas such as health, social services, home affairs, and foreign policy. They also explain the nature of government policy in terms of a globalization and the knowledge economy.

Teaching and Assessment
Teaching and assessment

In this chapter we examine the effects which government policy has had on the work of teachers' professional practice in classrooms. Teaching has provoked political and media controversy, with teachers criticised for the methods they have used. Teaching is probably unique in that no other profession is subjected to the same level of scrutiny or criticism. Through its mechanisms for accountability in education – Ofsted, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and the National Teaching Strategies – the government in England has probably taken control of teachers' practice more strongly than in any other country in the world.

The Development of Pedagogy in England
Nineteenth-Century Chalk and Talk

The 1870 Forster Education Act saw the first state-provided elementary schools in England where teaching ...

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