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The Business of Teaching

Becoming a Teacher in a Market of Schools

Authors: Stacey, Meghan

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  • Illuminates the individual perspectives of teachers in a stratified and neoliberalised sector
  • Details teacher experiences from a variety of different contexts, from public schools to elite independent schools
  • Uses New South Wales, Australia, as a case study, a state with a history of selective and private sector schooling
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This book explores the experiences of early career teachers in a profession that has become highly stratified by market processes. The author presents New South Wales, Australia as a case study: a state with a long history of academically selective and private sector schooling, which has become increasingly segregated under a series of neoliberalised policy reforms since the 1980s. The experiences of teachers in this book are rich and varied, from a variety of different contexts – ranging from public schools enrolling students experiencing significant educational disadvantage to elite independent schools serving much more advantaged student cohorts. Highlighting teachers’ experiences in themselves rather than their impact on students, this timely book will be of interest and value to scholars of sociology of education, teachers’ work and education policy.

About the authors

Meghan Stacey is a lecturer in sociology of education and education policy in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is also a former English and Drama teacher. 

Reviews

“This book provides fascinating insight into the complex pressures that early career teachers experience as they navigate the external demands of the marketised systems governing their schools and practice. The book draws attention to the ongoing inequities of stratification and residualisation that such demands continue to reproduce, and the ways in which new teachers within this competitive and performative milieu are themselves products and subjects of the market. Most notably, this compelling book supports the now powerful warrant for re-thinking and re-structuring current market-oriented education systems and schools to better reflect their equity purposes.”—Professor Amanda Keddie, Deakin University, Australia
“Even as researchers have identified potential pitfalls with markets in education, policymakers are enamored with their potential.  But surprisingly little attention has been paid to teachers in this emerging marketized environment. Meghan Stacey provides a timely and highly insightful analysis of teachers navigating the system from different locations in an increasingly stratified school market, showing that — in many ways — they also are the market that policymakers have created.”  —Professor Christopher Lubienski, Indiana University, USA

“Meghan Stacey’s The Business of Teaching is a must read for sociologists of education, policy researchers and policy makers, indeed for all those concerned about career paths for teachers in a hierarchized, marketised schooling system. The use of Bourdieu’s ‘thinking tools’ to analyse a significant data set provides an insightful account of the experiences of beginning teachers in this system with important implications for those concerned about the future of the teaching profession.”

Professor Bob Lingard, Institute for Learning Science & Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University and Emeritus Professor The University of Queensland.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook £51.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-35407-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £64.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-35406-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Business of Teaching
Book Subtitle
Becoming a Teacher in a Market of Schools
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35407-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35407-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35406-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 185
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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