Economic Productivity and Global Education: A Critique

Sonya Mackenzie

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChallenges in Global Learning
    Subtitle of host publicationDealing with Education Issues from an International Perspective
    EditorsAnia Lian, Peter Kell, Paul Black, Koo Yew Lie
    Place of PublicationUK
    PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9781443899802
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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