In the dawn of a new millennium education, globalisation, citizenship formation and questions concerning teacher accountability are notable players. Is Australia failing to secure a nations confidence in their teachers?

Sandy Rawling

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    Abstract

    Consequences of current education reform are forming pedagogic legacies in education institutions globally. Australia for example, has followed a neo-liberal government ideology for over 30 years. This has influenced policy and practice in education causing schools to move towards privatisation, increased competition, a user-pays system and an increase in teacher and teacher educator accountability. Conversely, governments of other nations such as Finland have taken on a more social-democratic ideal. Finland’s education system is underpinned by four key principles including good schools for all, education reform is evolutionary not revolutionary, schools are enmeshed in all aspects of society and respect for teachers as community leaders is high. Although, both nations performed well in the OECD PISA results of 2003, are they failing to secure a nations confidence in their teachers as community members? Will failure to support teachers influence a nation in terms of citizenship formation? Will this cause a misbalancing act within society interdependence and reciprocity within Australia? If so, what are the effects of rising teacher accountability in Australia in the twenty-first century? Comparative studies focusing upon nations who have chosen different government ideologies may offer new and fresh ideas to help overcome concerns with teacher morale, teacher retention and improve respect for teachers and teacher educators.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational co-operation through education
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 29 Nov. - 2 Dec., 2007
    EditorsBrian D. Denman
    Place of PublicationArmidale, NSW
    PublisherUniversity of New England
    Pages1-17
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)9780909347116
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventAustralian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference (35th : 2007) - Auckland
    Duration: 29 Nov 20072 Dec 2007

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference (35th : 2007)
    CityAuckland
    Period29/11/072/12/07

    Keywords

    • globalisation
    • public education
    • quality of education
    • citizenship
    • twenty-first century
    • citizenship preparation
    • education reform
    • liberal citizenship
    • social democratic citizenship
    • teacher morale

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