Steering teachers: working to control the feminised profession of teaching

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Brennan, Marie (2009) Steering teachers: working to control the feminised profession of teaching. Journal of Sociology, 45 (4). pp. 339-359. ISSN 1440-7833


Changes in public sector management need to be unpacked for different sectors to understand their impact in a particular country. This article focuses on the governance of the feminized profession of teaching in Australia, the single largest professional grouping in the country. Neoliberal assumptions have been built into teachers’ work through policy change in three related ‘waves’. The first wave in the 1980s installed managerialism in public education by recentralizing curriculum policy, establishing ‘self-managing’ schools, and downsizing infrastructure. The second wave in the 1990s steered teachers’ work through federal intervention into curriculum, and individualization of teachers’ work in contexts of marketization; this wave consolidated a national political role in education. The third wave in the 2000s emphasized the codification of knowledge through establishment of standards and criteria for teacher employment and promotion. The article concludes that the governance efforts to steer teachers’ work by neoliberal assumptions have been significantly, but not totally, effective.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1177/1440783309346473
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Keywords ResPubID21838. education policy, Australian education, administration, teaching profession, federalism and education, neoliberalism, New Public Management in education, teachers’ work, governance of the teaching profession, steer teachers, Australia
Citations in Scopus 29 - View on Scopus
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