During the past decades, changes in Australian schools have been informed by global influences, with education being portrayed as acommodity for economic prosperity and productivity. This chapter offers a critique of this new direction. It explores the changes inAustralia’s education systems through the lenses of national government policy and global education trends. It discusses the progress of national education initiatives in their vision to provide economic productivity and to ensure Australia’s competitiveness on the global stage. Lastly, the chapter reviews the literature ofeducational researchers and reflects on their implications to Australian education. The chapter suggests that improving studentoutcomes and increasing teacher quality must still be the priority of educational reforms. Otherwise, economic productivity througheducation reforms will remain a paradox.
|Title of host publication||Challenges in Global Learning|
|Subtitle of host publication||Dealing with Education Issues from an International Perspective|
|Editors||Ania Lian, Peter Kell, Paul Black, Koo Yew Lie|
|Place of Publication||UK|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
Mackenzie, S. (2017). Economic Productivity and Global Education: A Critique. In A. Lian, P. Kell, P. Black, & K. Y. Lie (Eds.), Challenges in Global Learning: Dealing with Education Issues from an International Perspective (pp. 268-281). UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.