Educational Reform in New Zealand and the Depowering of the Teacher: A Case Study

Year: 1990

Author: Sullivan, Keith

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Educational reform in New Zealand was initially greeted optimistically. Lauder and Yee (1987) suggest New Zealand provides an example of an alternative paradigm where there is some room for negotiation between the state and teachers' organisations as an alternative to the state as the servant of capital model. This article, based on a case study of teacher interviews, suggests that proleterianisation of the teacher is taking place and that the effect of some of the reforms is to emphasise the dichotomy between the state and the educational worker, those who weild power and those who have their power removed or reduced.