Marketisation, commodification and the implications for teachers’ autonomy in England

Upchurch, Martin and Moore, Phoebe Veronica and Kunter, Aylin (2014) Marketisation, commodification and the implications for teachers’ autonomy in England. Research in Political Economy, 29 . pp. 133-153. ISSN 0161-7230

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the ongoing processes of marketisation in secondary school teaching and its further embedment through commodification of teachers’ performance. We track developments through documentary evidence from Government statements and other agency reports and unstructured interviews with teachers’ union representatives in the South West of England. Following Carter and Stevenson (2012) we begin by introducing the labour process debate concerning teachers’ productive labour to provide the backdrop for the argument that teachers’ work is increasingly commodified and judged along neoliberalised requirements.
Commodification has taken place through measurement of abstract
standards constructed by associating individual teachers with their pupils’ achievements, as well as subjective assessment of teacher behaviour judged against newly introduced ‘Teacher Standards’.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 13952
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Depositing User: Martin Upchurch
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 15:43
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:32
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13952

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