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

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Upchurch, M., Moore, P. and Kunter, A. 2014. Marketisation, commodification and the implications for teachers' autonomy in England. Research in Political Economy. 29, pp. 133-153. https://doi.org/10.1108/s0161-723020140000029005
TypeArticle
TitleMarketisation, commodification and the implications for teachers' autonomy in England
AuthorsUpchurch, M., Moore, P. and Kunter, A.
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’.

Research GroupEmployment Relations group
Law and Politics
PublisherEmerald
JournalResearch in Political Economy
ISSN0161-7230
Publication dates
Print29 Oct 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Nov 2014
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/s0161-723020140000029005
LanguageEnglish
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