Patterns of Power and Authority in English Education

1st Edition

Frank Musgrove

Routledge
Published September 19, 2018
Reference - 190 Pages
ISBN 9781138629813 - CAT# Y320143
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Sociology of Education

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Summary

First published in 1971, this book argues that schools at the time were underpowered, due partly to circumstances within contemporary educational institutions, but chiefly to their relationships with the wider social environment. It suggests that schools lacked bargaining power and that their position deteriorated because they had marketed an ever more standardized product.

The book focuses particularly on the bureaucratization of education and the growing conflict between teachers and academic administrators. It also examines the dangers of cyber-culture but rejects its hopes of an anarchistic order as illusory. It concludes that power in educational institutions was not effectively mobilized to meet its goals. It also contributes to the analysis of social relations in English education.

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