Reforming New Zealand Secondary Education: The Picot Report and the Road to Radical Reform

Hardcover | August 15, 2009

byRoger Openshaw

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During the late 1980s, the report Administering for Excellence (the Picot Report), and the Labour Government’s definitive policy response, Tomorrow’s Schools, ushered in a new era in New Zealand. In what was seen as a decisive stroke, New Zealand’s 110 year old three-tiered education system was swept away to be replaced by a two-component system, consisting of a new Ministry of Education and individual learning institutions. This timely book argues that the New Zealand educational reforms were the product of longstanding unresolved educational issues that came to a head during the profound economic and cultural crisis of the 1970s and early 1980s. As such, they reflected a complex mixture of both right-wing and left-wing ideals, and local and international influences in which no single group emerged victorious. In thus viewing educational reform within the wider context of public policy making, this book aims to make a wider contribution to the global policy debate.   

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During the late 1980s, the report Administering for Excellence (the Picot Report), and the Labour Government’s definitive policy response, Tomorrow’s Schools, ushered in a new era in New Zealand. In what was seen as a decisive stroke, New Zealand’s 110 year old three-tiered education system was swept away to be replaced by a two-compon...

Roger Openshaw holds a Personal Chair in History of Education in the School of Educational Studies, Massey University College of Education. He had six years teaching experience in New Zealand primary and intermediate schools prior to becoming a university researcher and teacher. His current research interests include the history and p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230606261

ISBN - 13:9780230606265

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Table of Contents

PART I: TENSIONS AND CONTRADICTIONS * To suit a political purpose? * Reinterpreting the educational reforms * Almost alone in the world * PART II: CRISES AND SOLUTIONS * Game war * Only major and system-wide reforms will do * The best kind of accountability * PART III: ELUSIVE CONSENSUS * A blank page approach * A long way to go before we win the battle * Only half a policy * conclusion: A real say or a morality play?

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“Openshaw's historical volume offers us a brilliant and well-crafted example of a dialectic of educational research as he examines both larger general theoretical issues of secondary educational reforms and the specificities of struggles fought in New Zealand social and political contexts. I love his work!”--Yoshiko Nozaki, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, State University of New York at Buffalo“In this globalized world, we need texts such as Reforming New Zealand Secondary Education more than ever. Those interested in a contextual curriculum and instruction and the historical connections needed for relevant teaching and learning will gain much from this book. Openshaw offers a critical case study for reforming secondary education everywhere – something we all must heed – for the future of educational progress.”--Cameron White, Professor of Social Education, University of Houston