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WHY LIBRARY IS NOT A DIRTY WORDPRESENTATION SLIDES

The presentation slides for Ruth Rikowski’s talk at The Froud Centre, Manor Park, London, on 10th June 2016 –are now available at Academia.

Why Library Is Not  A Dirty Word: Reclaiming Its Power And Possibility

Presentation slides @ http://www.academia.edu/30467128/Why_Library_is_Not_a_Dirty_Word_Reclaiming_its_Power_and_Possibility_Presentation_

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Glenn Rikowski

In addition, Glenn Rikowski also has a new post at Academia: The Woodhead Federation? The Business Takeover of Schools in England

This can be viewed at: http://www.academia.edu/31544770/The_Woodhead_Federation_The_Business_Takeover_of_Schools_in_England_Presentation_

 

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Dr. Glenn Rikowski

Dr. Glenn Rikowski

313111_coverTHE JOURNAL FOR CRITICAL EDUCATION POLICY STUDIES – VOL.13 NO.2 (OCTOBER 2015)

LATEST ISSUE NOW ONLINE

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

Periklis Pavlidis

Social consciousness, education and transformative activity

 

Dave Hill, Christine Lewis, Alpesh Maisuria, Patrick Yarker and  Julia Carr

Neoliberal and Neoconservative Immiseration Capitalism in England: Policies and Impacts on Society and on Education

 

Curry Malott and Derek R. Ford

Contributions to a Marxist Critical Pedagogy of Becoming: Centering the Critique of the Gotha Programme: Part Two

 

Philippa Hall

Labour Subjectivities for the new world of work: A critique of government policy on the integration of entrepreneurialism in the university curriculum

 

Elisabeth Simbuerger and Mike Neary

Free Education! A “Live” Report on the Chilean Student Movement 2011-2014 – reform or revolution? [A Political Sociology for Action]

 

Amanda Oliveira Rabelo, Graziela Raupp Pereira and Maria Amélia Reis

Sex Education as a Transversal Subject

 

Lois Weiner

Democracy, critical education, and teachers unions: Connections and contradictions in the neoliberal epoch

 

Melanie Lawrence

Beyond the Neoliberal Imaginary: Investigating the Role of Critical Pedagogy in Higher Education

 

Conor Heaney

What is the University today?

 

Shawgi Tell

Can a Charter School Not be a Charter School?

 

Ş. Erhan Bagci

Decline of Meritocracy: Neo-feudal Segregation in Turkey

 

Declan McKenna

Policy over Procedure: A look at the School Completion Programme in Ireland. Is this State led educational intervention for disadvantaged children merely philanthropic and can current Global and National Neo Liberal Policy trends in Education be overcome?

 

Daniel B. Saunders

Resisting Excellence: Challenging Neoliberal Ideology in Postsecondary Education

 

Latest edition of The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies is now online at: http://www.jceps.com

 

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Education Not for Sale

Education Not for Sale

CRITICAL PEDAGOGY VS. CAPITAL: REIGNITING THE CONVERSATION

CRITICAL THEORIES IN THE 21st CENTURY: A CONFERENCE OF TRANSFORMATIVE PEDAGOGIES

4th Annual Conference 2015, November 6th & 7th 

Location: West Chester University, 700 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383, USA

Two Days of Discussion and Music!

Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers

Opening Conference Keynote:  Bill Ayers
Professor Ayers is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired). He is a member of the executive committee of the Faculty Senate and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society. Dr. Ayers has taught courses in interpretive and qualitative research, oral history, creative non-fiction, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. To learn more about Dr. Ayers and his work please visit his webpage at: http://billayers.org/biographyhistory/

 

Dave Hill

Dave Hill

Closing Conference Keynote: Dave Hill
Dave Hill is Research Professor of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England, and Visiting Professor of Education at the Universities of Athens, Greece, Middlesex, London.  Dave is a Marxist academic and political activist in different countries, in particular with trade unions and left / socialist / Marxist groups in Greece, Turkey and Ireland as well as England. His academic work focuses on issues of neoliberalism, capitalism, class, `race’, resistance and socialist education/ education for equality; critical pedagogy/critical education. He founded in 2003 and chief edits the free online peer-juried journal, the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, www.jceps.com, a free online, scholarly, peer-juried international journal that has had nearly a million downloads in 10 years.

Musical Artists: Marcel Cartier, Magik, and Squid Brothers Inc.

Call For Papers
The 4th Annual Conference on Critical Theories in the 21st Century aims to reinvigorate the field of critical pedagogy. The primary question driving this conference is: What is to be done to make critical pedagogy an effective educational weapon in the current struggle against capitalism and imperialism?

There is no doubt that we are at a critical juncture in history in terms of the limits of nature’s vital ecosystems, the physical limits of the progressive accumulation of capital, and the deepening reactionary ideology and scapegoating that exacerbates the oppression of youth of color. If critical pedagogy is to play a significant role in intervening in the current context, then a sharpened sense of purpose and direction is needed.

Squid Brothers Inc.

Squid Brothers Inc.

Some examples of possible topics include:

  • Marxism
  • Post-structuralism/post-modernism
  • Anarchism
  • Challenging the unholy trinity of state, capital, and religion
  • Class and the capital-labor dialectic
  • Identity and economics
  • Hierarchical and vertical forms of organization (i.e., vanguards versus networks)
  • Reform versus revolution
  • Socialism, communism, & democracy
  • Affect theory and the new materialisms
  • The knowledge economy, post-Fordism, and “cognitive capitalism”
  • Critical geography

While this conference will include important presentations and debates in critical pedagogy, it will not be limited to this focus. In other words, as critical theory becomes more inclusive, global, and all encompassing, this conference welcomes more than just academics as important contributors. That is, we recognize students and youth groups as possessing authentic voices based on their unique relationship to capitalism and will therefore be open to them as presenters and discussion leaders.

While this conference will include important presentations and challenging discussions based in critical pedagogy, it will not be limited to this focus. In other words, as critical theory becomes more inclusive, global, and all encompassing, this conference welcomes more than just academics as important contributors.

Please submit abstract proposals (500-1000 words) to: Curry Malott (cmalott@wcupa.edu)

Proposal due date: September 27th, 2015

 

Conference website: http://ct21st.org/

Curry Malott

Curry Malott

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Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski

RECENT ADDITIONS TO ACADEMIA – JULY 2015

I have added a number of papers to Academia in the last few weeks.

Recent additions of mine to Academia include:

 

Working for Leisure? Part-time and Temporary Working Amongst A-Level and BTEC National Students at Epping Forest College

https://www.academia.edu/13451288/Working_for_Leisure_Part-time_and_Temporary_Working_Amongst_A-Level_and_BTEC_National_Students_at_Epping_Forest_College

 

Nietzsche, Marx and Mastery: The Learning Unto Death

https://www.academia.edu/13122031/Nietzsche_Marx_and_Mastery_The_Learning_Unto_Death

 

GNVQ

https://www.academia.edu/13451785/GNVQ

 

Our World, Our Schools: Not for Sale

https://www.academia.edu/13087860/Our_World_Our_Schools_Not_for_Sale

 

Schools + Business Takeover + GATS = Globally Tradable Commodities 

https://www.academia.edu/12965042/Schools_Business_Takeover_GATS_Globally_Tradable_Commodities

 

Wolf on Marx Without Sparks

https://www.academia.edu/12965872/Wolf_on_Marx_without_Sparks

 

The Capitalisation of Schools: Federations and Academies

https://www.academia.edu/13328500/The_Capitalisation_of_Schools_Federations_and_Academies

 

Rethinking Education and Democracy: A socialist alternative for the 21st century

https://www.academia.edu/12798178/Rethinking_Education_and_Democracy_A_socialist_alternative_for_the_twenty_first_century

 

 

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Best wishes

Glenn Rikowski

London, 1st July 2015

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1118977661PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON TEACHER EDUCATION

A Book Launch
Philosophical Perspectives on Teacher Education

Edited by Ruth Heilbronn and Lorraine Foreman-Peck
Date: Tuesday 30 June
Time: 5:30 – 7:00
Place: Institute of Education, UCL, 20 Bedford Way
Room: 604

 

What does it mean to be a teacher in today’s world? And what makes a “good” one?

Judging by the wide disparities in contemporary teacher training and educational practices, it would seem that no one is quite sure.

Philosophical Perspectives on Teacher Education presents a series of ell-argued, thought-provoking essays that pointg to the ethical considerations that should be addressed when proposing and implementing teacher training and educational policies and practices.
Speakers:
Janet Orchard, Bristol University
David Aldridge, Oxford Brookes University
Padraig Hogan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Colin Wringe , Keele University

Please see attached flyer for information about the book. Book details are hyperlinked.
All are welcome.

Wine reception will follow.
RSVP – t.ytsma@ioe.ac.uk

Lorraine Foreman-Peck

Lorraine Foreman-Peck

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Student Debt

Student Debt

LONDON INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION (LICE-2015)

Call for Extended Abstracts, Papers, Speaker’s Proposals, Posters, Tutorials and Workshops!

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London International Conference on Education (LICE-2015)
November 9-11, 2015, London, UK
Venue: Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel
(www.liceducation.org)

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The London International Conference on Education (LICE) is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The LICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education. The aim of LICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The LICE-2015 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

Topics:

The topics in LICE-2015 include but are not confined to the following areas:

*Academic Advising and Counselling
*Art Education
*Adult Education
*APD/Listening and Acoustics in Education Environment
*Business Education
*Counsellor Education
*Curriculum, Research and Development
*Distance Education
*Early Childhood Education
*Educational Administration
*Educational Games and Software

*Educational Foundations
*Educational Psychology
*Educational Technology
*Education Policy and Leadership
*Elementary Education
*E-Learning
*E-Society

*ESL/TESL
*Health Education
*Higher Education
*History
*Human Resource Development
*Indigenous Education

*ICT Education

*Inclusive Education
*Kinesiology and Leisure Science
*K12
*Language Education
*Mathematics Education
*Multi-Virtual Environment
*Music Education
*Pedagogy
*Physical Education (PE)
*Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
*Reading Education
*Religion and Education Studies
*Rural Education
*Science Education
*Secondary Education
*Second life Educators
*Social Studies Education
*Special Education
*Student Affairs
*Teacher Education
*Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
*Research In Progress
*Other Areas of Education

Submission: You can submit your research paper at http://www.liceducation.org/Paper%20Submission.html or email it to: papers-2015@liceducation.org

Important Dates:

Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: July 01, 2015
Notification of Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Acceptance/Rejection: July 10, 2015

Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Submission Date: July 15, 2015
Notification of Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Acceptance / Rejection: July 31, 2015
Proposal for Workshops: June 30, 2015
Notification of Workshop Acceptance/Rejection: July 10, 2015
Poster/Demo Proposal Submission: July 01, 2015
Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: July 10, 2015
Camera Ready Paper Due: September 01, 2015
Participant(s) Registration (Open): May 01, 2015
Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 01, 2015
Late Bird Registration Deadline (Authors only) September 02 to October 27, 2015
Late Bird Registration Deadline (Participants only) September 02 to November 08, 2015
Conference Dates: November 9-11, 2015

 

For further information please visit LICE-2015 at www.liceducation.org

Education

Education

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School

School

IN DEFENCE OF THE SCHOOL

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)

London Branch

One Day Conference

In Defence of the School
Jan Masschelein and Maarten Simons (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Friday 19 June
Institute of Education, UCL, 20 Bedford Way
Room 728
10:30-16:30
All are welcome. Further details attached here.
RSVP:  syun@ioe.ac.uk

The day will comprise an initial presentation by the authors, Jan Masschelein and Maarten Simons (Laboratory for Education and Society, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), small group discussion, and then in the afternoon papers in response from Nick Peim (University of Birmingham) and Paul Standish (UCL Institute of Education), feedback from group discussion and responses from the authors.

*In Defence of the School is published as an e-book and is freely available here:
http://ppw.kuleuven.be/home/english/research/ecs/les/in-defence-of-the-school/jan-masschelein-maarten-simons-in-defence-of-the.html
To facilitate discussion participants are encouraged to read the following chapters in advance: sections 1-5 (intro), 6-7-8-9 (suspension, profanation, world, technology), 14 (politicisation), and the final section (experimentum scholae).

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End of the School?

End of the School?

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Glenn Rikowski

TWO ADDITIONS TO ACADEMIA – APRIL 2015

I have added the following two papers to Academia today:

 

On the Capitalisation of Schools in England

See: https://www.academia.edu/11991688/On_the_Capitalisation_of_Schools_in_England

 

Capital’s Universe and My Space

See: https://www.academia.edu/11992285/Capitals_Universe_and_My_Space

 

 

Glenn Rikowski

London

17th April 2015

 

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Modernism

Modernism

EDUCATION AND THE RIGHT TO THE CITY

The SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education

Call for Papers

Special issue: Education and the right to the city

 

Guest editors:

Derek R. Ford (Syracuse University)

Christina Convertino (University of Texas at El Paso)

Laura Jordan Jaffee (Syracuse University)

 

Since the 1960s, changes in political economy and social organization have mediated the centralization of the world’s population in what are often referred to as “global” cities. In turn, the expanding concentration of people (and production) has created qualitative changes in social relations and social formations that represent sites of intense struggle. There is now, in other words, a re‐newed struggle over the right to the city (Mitchell, 2003); the right to inhabit and to produce the city or, as Henri Lefebvre (1996) put it, the right to the city as oeuvre.

It is within the most recent round of educational privatizations, particularly in the U.S., that the right to the city has begun to make its way into educational literature (e.g., Convertino, 2014; Ford, 2013; Lipman, 2011; Means, 2014). Yet educational engagement with the right to the city is still underdeveloped. This special issue of The SoJo Journal seeks to advance this engagement by exploring the relationship between educational policies and practices (including pedagogy, teaching, studying, and learning) and the struggle for the city and urbanism, broadly conceived.

 

Possible lines of inquiry include, but are in no way limited to:

  • What can educational theory and practice offer the right to the city, as a concept and movement?
  • In what ways does—or might—educational policy interact with struggles for the right to the city?
  • The right to the city contains a host of central concepts, such as the encounter, difference, centrality, and use. What are some possible links between these concepts and education? How might mobilizing these concepts enrich efforts for more just educational arrangements?
  • How do questions of disability and access trouble or deepen our understanding of education and the right to the city?
  • What does educational research have to offer urban social justice movements?

 

We encourage interdisciplinary contributions to this issue. We also welcome submissions that explore the topic from outside of the U.S. and North American contexts.

Timeline:

An early expression of interest and a 200‐300 word abstract is preferred by March 13, 2015. Manuscripts—which should be 20‐30 pages double‐spaced—are due August 14, 2015.

We expect the issue to be published in January 2016.

Please address correspondence and submissions to drford@syr.edu and include “SoJo” in the subject line.

References:

Convertino, C. (2014, October 31). “The right to the school”: The socio‐spatial production of belonging in 21st century schools. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association, Toronto, CA.

Ford, D.R. (2013). Toward a theory of the educational encounter: Gert Biesta’s educational theory and the right to the city. Critical Studies in Education, 54(3), pp.299‐310.

Lefebvre, H. (1996). The right to the city, in E. Kofman and E. Lebas (trans., eds.), Writings on Cities: Henri Lefebvre. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Lipman, P. (2011). The new political economy of urban education: Neoliberalism, race, and the right to the city. New York: Routledge.

Means, A. (2014). Achieving flourishing city schools and communities: Corporate reform, neoliberal urbanism, and the right to the city. Journal of Inquiry & Action in Education, 6(1), pp. 1‐17.

Mitchell, D. (2003). The Right to the City: Social justice and the fight for public space. New York and London: The Guilford Press.

 

The SoJo Journal: http://www.infoagepub.com/the-sojo-journal

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Education Not for Sale

Education Not for Sale

NEOLIBERALISM AND THE DEGRADATION OF EDUCATION

Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research

VOL 26 (2015)

Edited by Carlo Fanelli and Bryan Evans

Contributors to this anthology trace how neoliberalism has impacted education. These effects range from the commercialization and quasi-privatization of pre-school to post-secondary education, to restrictions on democratic practice and research and teaching, to the casualization of labour and labour replacing technologies, and the descent of the university into the market which threatens academic freedom. The end result is a comprehensive and wide-ranging review of how neoliberalism has served to displace, if not destroy, the role of the university as a space for a broad range of perspectives.

Neoliberalism stifes the university’s ability to incubate critical ideas and engage with the larger society. Entrepreneurship, however, is pursued as an ideological carrier serving to prepare students for a life of precarity just as the university itself is being penetrated and occupied by corporations. The result is an astonishing tale of transformation, de-democratization and a narrowing of vision and purpose.

Contents: http://www.alternateroutes.ca/index.php/ar/issue/view/1590/showToc

Current Issue: http://www.alternateroutes.ca/index.php/ar/issue/view/1590

Alternative Routes: http://www.alternateroutes.ca/index.php/ar

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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

Education Crisis

Education Crisis

STAND UP FOR EDUCATION MANIFESTO

You may well be aware the NUT has recently launched its ‘Stand Up For Education’ manifesto, designed to help shape the political debate about state education in the run up to the general election and beyond.

You can find a copy here – https://www.teachers.org.uk/files/manifesto-16pp-a5–9623-_0.pdf

The document is intended to outline some key principles and fundamental concerns, relating to:

  • Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment: ‘A wider vision of learning and achievement’ (p.4)
  • Evaluation, accountability and improvement: ‘More time for teaching, not more tests’ (p.5)
  • The teaching profession including teacher education (p.6 and 14)
  • Social justice: end child poverty (p.7)
  • Providing school places, finance, the education system and democratic governance (pp.10-13)

The campaign has emerged from the NUT’s member mobilisation, over a sustained period of time, in which concerns about pay, pensions and workload connect to a wider set of concerns about the nature and future of state education. The strategy and tactics of this campaign were recently outlined by its Deputy General Secretary Kevin Courtney, and NEC member Gawain Little, in a recent article in Forum for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education (Vol.56 No.2, 2014).

The campaign represents a concerted effort to mobilise professional and public opinion around an agenda that fundamentally challenges the trajectory of current policy, and has the potential to form an on-going campaign to shape policy beyond the election. It is clear that whatever the outcome in May 2015, the campaign for a well-funded, democratic school system based on sound pedagogical principles, not market values, will need to continue. The strategy recognises the need to win the battle of ideas, which will require an alliance of all those concerned for education.

We see this campaign as the best opportunity in a long time to mobilise on a significant scale around an alternative and much more hopeful vision of education.  That is why we believe it is important that progressive intellectual forces, within and beyond the higher education community, need to organise around the broad agenda presented in the ‘Stand Up For Education’ manifesto.

For this reason, we recently met informally with Kevin Courtney and Ian Murch (NUT Treasurer) to discuss how the academic community might best support this initiative. This was followed by a planning meeting in London involving some of the early signatories.

Our intention is not to identify a ‘one size fits all’ approach to involvement, but to develop several different forms of activity that can better fit with people’s circumstances. This could involve, for example:

  • developing a database of ‘research contacts’ for the media etc.
  • identifying relevant research
  • the use of social media
  • the development of regional and local events.

Involvement is not about having to sign up to every dot and comma of the ‘SUFE’ manifesto, and it does not have to be about formally or exclusively identifying with the NUT.  It is about recognising that we need to win the battle of ideas and that this represents one of the best initiatives in a long time for building a movement that connects ideas and activism.  Academics, researchers, teacher educators and wider public intellectuals surely have a key role to play in developing this movement. However, to make a difference, it is important that we organise.

Our aim is to explore how we might best do this.  We very much hope you will join with us. Some well-known individuals have already publicly declared support, including Robin Alexander and Tim Brighouse, and some well-known children’s authors. We have drafted a short statement at the end of this letter, which you may wish to support or alternatively write your own.

Stand Up for Education Manifesto: http://www.teachers.org.uk/files/manifesto-16pp-a5–9623-_0.pdf

How you can get involved:

Please let us know if you would like to add your name to this statement of support (please reply to terrywrigleyl@gmail.com or Howard.Stevenson@nottingham.ac.uk):

As lecturers and professors of Education, we wish to express our support for Stand up for education: a manifesto for our children’s education. We urge policy makers to recognise the need for a wider vision of learning and education, which is no longer distorted and undermined by bureaucratic systems of surveillance and artificial target-setting. We call for immediate steps to end the blight of child poverty along with funding for high quality early years education and the restoration of financial support for post-16 students to stay in education.  We agree that the future development of high quality comprehensive education for all depends on a well qualified teaching profession and the principle of local democratic governance.

We will then bring you up to date on current activities, including our new blog and an invitation to prepare a short article or briefing note backing up specific recommendations in the Stand Up For Education document.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. Please feel free to forward it to other colleagues who you think might be interested in being involved.

Howard Stevenson  

Terry Wrigley 

 

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SILENCE ON THE WOLVES: WHAT IS ABSENT IN NEW LABOUR’S FIVE YEAR STRATEGY FOR EDUCATION

My paper Silence on the Wolves: What is Absent in New Labour’s Five Year Strategy for Education – is now on Academia.

Although some of the content might seem dated, the business takeover of schools in England goes on apace. This is what the paper is really about; it is not just a narrow ‘education policy’ critique. Furthermore, there is some analysis of human capital theory, labour power and employers’ labour power needs in section 3 of the paper. Those interested in Marxist analyses of education will find the paper of interest over-and-above any education policy concerns.

Silence on the Wolves is available at: https://www.academia.edu/9150947/Silence_on_the_Wolves_What_is_Absent_in_New_Labours_Five_Year_Strategy_for_Education

 

Reference:

Rikowski, G. (2005) Silence on the Wolves: What is Absent in New Labour’s Five Year Strategy for Education, University of Brighton, Education Research Centre, Occasional Paper, May 2005, online at: https://www.academia.edu/9150947/Silence_on_the_Wolves_What_is_Absent_in_New_Labours_Five_Year_Strategy_for_Education

 

Glenn Rikowski at Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski