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Education policy and the Australian education union: resisting social neoliberalism and audit technologies

posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Andrew VandenbergAndrew Vandenberg
This book focuses on the politics of teacher resistance to the formation and implementation of neoliberal education policies in Australia. It argues that policies such as publishing examination test results online amounts to auditing teachers’ work, and assumes incompetence from teachers, which ultimately results in diverting teachers from their true professional responsibilities. The book outlines the rise of transnational networks that promote market-oriented methods of achieving social objectives, such as good education for all students, and considers a range of explanations for why this education policy was strengthened in Australia in 2010. It also reviews a range of arguments about professional unionism, and reflects on the history of the Australian Education Union and its capacity to resist social neoliberalism. The book concludes by reporting on a case-study in which principals, teachers and parents at two ordinary schools in Australia have managed to keep market forces at bay. It will appeal to students and researchers in the fields of education and sociology, particularly those interested in education policy, political ideology, unionism, and schools.



Palgrave Macmillan

Place of publication

Cham, Switzerland







Grant ID

ARC LP0347525

Publication classification

A1 Books - authored - research

Copyright notice

2018, The Editor and The Authors

Related work

Andrew Vandenberg (2014) 'Global Unionism and Global Governance' in Benjamin Isakhan and Steven Slaughter Eds Democracy and Critis, Democratising Governance in the Twenty-First Century, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 209-228

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