New Public Management in an age of austerity: knowledge and experience in further education

Smith, Rob and O'Leary, Matt (2013) New Public Management in an age of austerity: knowledge and experience in further education. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 45 (3). pp. 244-266. ISSN 0022-0620

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This article originates in a piece of educational research into the experiences of Further Education (FE) student teachers in the West Midlands region of England. This cohort of students experienced significant upheaval in their college workplaces and placements during the 2010/11 academic year. Pressures on FE funding were exacerbated by a Comprehensive Spending Review by the coalition government in late 2010 - prompted by the on-going global economic crisis. Some of the repercussions of these funding cuts for staff and students in the sector are discussed in this paper, as perceived by this cohort of student teachers working in a range of FE providers across the West Midlands. Many of these repercussions can broadly be seen as an extension of existing managerialist practices, as the justification for an increasing squeeze on local resource allocation continues to be a wider appeal to global market ‘realities’. But we theorise that NPM plays an important role in a reductive kind of knowledge production for policy makers which fuels and legitimises on-going policy intervention and see this as an important shaping force in the emerging professional identity of these new teachers.

Item Type: Article
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14 June 2013Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: austerity, new public management
Subjects: X100 Training Teachers
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Practitioner Education and Professional Practice
Depositing User: Rob Smith
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2017 13:22
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2017 14:51

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