Transformation, trust and the 'importance of teaching': continuities and discontinuities in the Coalition government's discourse of education reform

Bates, A (2012) 'Transformation, trust and the 'importance of teaching': continuities and discontinuities in the Coalition government's discourse of education reform.' London Review of Education, 10 (1). pp. 89-100. ISSN 1474-8460

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14748460.2012.659061

Abstract

The imperative of transforming education continues to permeate the discourse of UK education reform. Although the Coalition government's publications herald a 'new school system', they reveal the same neo-liberal thinking as their New Labour predecessors. The context of the national budget deficit is now being brought to bear to promote greater effectiveness of the education system. Inherent in the Coalition strategy is a diminution of the vital role of teachers in bringing about profound change. This paper examines the notion of transformative change through the lens of George Herbert Mead's philosophy of evolution. Within this framework, transformation is a complex, emergent and unpredictable process that resists centralised control. Consequently, profound social change needs to be predicated on trust, conceptualised as a reciprocal relationship rooted in the acceptance of phenomena beyond our control.

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Keywords: transformative change, trust, interdependence, emergence
Divisions: School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14748460.2012.659061
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