23 SES 09 A JS, New Public Management and the Modernisation of Education in Europe
Symposium, Joint Session NW 23 and NW 28
Italy can be regarded as a late comer in the NPM reform of the education system. This trajectory started in the late 1990s as part of a wider restructuring of the welfarist public sector. The keywords of such a modernisation project inspired by Third Way rhetoric were: school autonomy, devolution, evaluation and accountability, entrepreneurship and leadership, soft marketization, schools-networking and public-private partnership. Over the last decade, this project of restructuring and reculturing has been progressively appropriated and re-launched within a neoliberal framework. The Italian education arena could be interpreted as a field progressively colonised by private actors, new discourses and stakeholders, several ‘how to do’ managerial methodologies and digital technologies for learning, teaching and controlling, whereas the ‘old’ welfarist bureaucratic and professional actors still deploy articulated strategies of resistance. The clash between such a process of restructuring and the diffuse resiliencies results in a hybrid configuration of ‘centralized-decentralization’. The tentative enactment of NPM devices of governance, accountability and performance management paradoxically determines the reinforcement of the hierarchical chain of control (at a distance), the reculturing of education workforce and the establishment of a new ‘moral’ environment where competition, contractualism, calculability and performativity try to erode the professional ethos and trust.
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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