The educational costs of managerialism

Year: 1996

Author: Bates, Richard

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Managerialism is a distinct ideology with two distinct claims: a. efficient management can solve almost any problem; b. practices which are appropriate for the conduct of private sector enterprises can also be applied to public sector services (Rees, 1995). This paper examines these claims in relation to education in as a public service and in particular contrasts the practices of managerialism with the requirements of the message systems of schools: curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. In doing so it also examines Hunter's (1994) construction of education as a pastoral bureaucracy and its potential for reconstruction as a private market (Kenway et al, 1995).