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Equity and marketisation: emerging policies and practices in Australian education

Savage, Glenn C., Sellar, Sam and Gorur, Radhika 2013, Equity and marketisation: emerging policies and practices in Australian education, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 161-169, doi: 10.1080/01596306.2013.770244.

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Title Equity and marketisation: emerging policies and practices in Australian education
Author(s) Savage, Glenn C.
Sellar, Sam
Gorur, RadhikaORCID iD for Gorur, Radhika orcid.org/0000-0002-4528-0793
Journal name Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 34
Issue number 2
Start page 161
End page 169
Total pages 9
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0159-6306
1469-3739
Keyword(s) equity
markets
policy
human capital
governance
Summary The conjunction of equity and market logics in contemporary education has created new and different conditions of possibility for equity, both as conceived in policy discourses and as a related set of educational practices. In this editorial introduction, we examine how equity is being drawn into new policy assemblages and how, in the context of marketisation, equity is evolving and being enacted in new ways across education sectors. Different conceptions of equity are considered, including the increasingly influential human capital perspective promoted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). We argue that, separate from critiques of neoliberalism and its deleterious effects on equity in education, it is necessary to analyse carefully the increasing rationalisation of equity agendas in economic terms, the associated effects on education governance and policy-making, as well as on the work of educational institutions and educators. Providing an overview of the contributions to this Special Issue, we direct particular attention to the multiple, complex and often contradictory effects of the current education reform agenda in Australia, which has prioritised equity objectives and intensified performance measurement, comparison and accountability as means to drive educational improvement and reduce disadvantage.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2013.770244
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074817

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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