The implementation of new right reform in education : teachers and the intensification of work.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Education
This study looks at the position of secondary school teachers within the context of the implementation of New Right administrative and curriculum reforms. Use is made of literature on the labour market and the contribution of the official discourse, to develop an assessment of the current position of secondary school teachers and to provide a basis for qualitative research and analysis. It is suggested that secondary school teachers are currently being relocated within the labour market through the implementation of these reforms, although there are signs of resistance to this process. Teachers' time appears to be increasingly occupied by the tasks to do with implementation of the reforms. The new arrangements are such that student learning and student care appear to be negatively affected. This trend has been noted by teachers who are working longer hours in an effort to minimise those outcomes. In an attempt to provide a more efficient and accountable system, teachers appear to be suffering from crises of health and morale and it seems unlikely that the current situation of work overload can, continue without personal burnout or system failure.