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`I waited with great anticipation to receive Jon Prossers book School Culture. The wait was worth it and I wasn't to be disappointed....this is a fine book bringing to a reader a credible and solid set of work'- Youth and Policy School culture is today one of the most important themes in education and educational research.This book draws on a wide range of contemporary perspectives to provide an insight into the key issues and concepts which underpin school culture. The first part of the book is concerned with culture as an holistic concept. The second part adopts the stance that school culture is the sum of its subcultures.The contributors focus on significant groups such as te

Market Forces and School Cultures1
Market forces and school cultures
SallyPower and GeoffWhitty
Introduction

Speaking at the Institute of Economic Affairs, London, in 1988, Bob Dunn, then Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Education and Science (DES), speculated whether ‘a study in the life and teachings of Adam Smith should be compulsory in all schools’ (Education, 8 July 1988).

There is little doubt that throughout the 1980s and early 1990s the ideas of free market advocates were highly influential in restructuring public education in the UK and other countries. While the Conservative government never went so far as to write the life and teachings of Adam Smith into the school timetable, we should not assume that the lessons of neoliberalism are not being learnt. This chapter looks at ...

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