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Critical Politics of Teachers’ Work: An Australian Perspective


reviewed by Brian Yusko — 2003

coverTitle: Critical Politics of Teachers’ Work: An Australian Perspective
Author(s): John Smyth
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820449156, Pages: , Year: 2001
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In the current United States educational system, there are many examples of centralization of curriculum and instruction:  the creation of national and state curriculum standards, the development of standards and instruments for assessing classroom teaching, and recent legislation requiring the use of student testing to increase school and teacher accountability.  Such changes naturally lead to questions about the rationale behind these changes and their intended and unintended consequences in schools and classrooms.  Anyone interested in such questions should read Critical Politics of Teachers’ Work: An Australian Perspective by John Smyth.  Smyth uses a “labor process” lens, grounded in critical theory, to examine policy changes in the Australian education context over the past twenty years.  He examines policy decisions from the perspective of teachers’ work:  how it is organized and how issues of power and control over the teachers’ work play out in educational policy.  Although Smyth goes too far in branding every educational reform that comes from outside schools as a form of teacher oppression, his argument that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 626-629
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10972, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 10:08:11 PM

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