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From welfare state to public service reform – teachers as an evolving profession?

From welfare state to public service reform – teachers as an evolving profession?

Lethbridge, Jane (2010) From welfare state to public service reform – teachers as an evolving profession? In: 9th Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference, 30 March - 1 April 2010, University of Greenwich, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper will explore the role of government and teacher trade unions in two periods, 1945-1979 and 1988-2009, when the teaching profession underwent extensive change in the United Kingdom. The 1944 Education Act introduced measures that contributed to strengthening teaching as a profession after 1945. In contrast, the Educational Reform Act 1988 introduced a national curriculum which is viewed as having a more mixed impact on teachers. Research into professionals and professionalism has evolved throughout the twentieth century, often related to changes in the positions of professionals in society. By examining two different periods of the twentieth century, some of the trust relationships between professionals, state and society, will be examined over time. The relationship between professionals and governments is now being considered in terms of why states create professionals, rather than why professionals capture states. This examination of teachers in these two distinct periods will contribute to these debates.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: teachers, professionalism, Welfare State, public sector reform
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5046

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