Performance cultures of teaching

Threat or opportunity?

Authored by: Judyth Sachs , Nicole Mockler

Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415669702
eBook ISBN: 9780203815564
Adobe ISBN: 9781136715976


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Performance management and performance cultures have come to characterise education systems and sectors (school and Higher Education), in most parts of the developed world since the late 1990s. The former is a term more often used in the UK to describe education reforms that came into place after the election of Tony Blair in 1997. In the UK, it refers to policies that had at their core the improvement of education performance in general and teacher and student performance in particular through a strategy they called ‘performance management’. Around the same time the New Zealand government developed proposals for performance-linked pay while in Australia the language of the new public sector management reform which focused on improved accountability, doing more with less (economy), focusing on outcomes (efficiency) and managing change better (effectiveness) constituted the development of what is now referred to as performance cultures.

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