Neoliberalism has been widely criticised because of its role in prioritising ‘free markets’ as the optimum way of solving problems and organising society. In the field of education, this leads to an emphasis on the knowledge economy that can reduce both persons and education to economic actors and be detrimental to wider social and ethical goals.
Drawing on a range of international contexts across informal, adult, school and university settings, this book provides innovative examples that show how neoliberalism in education can be challenged and changed at the local, national and transnational levels in order to foster a more democratic culture.
“This book brings together an impressive international group of researchers to focus on challenging neoliberalism in education. I would recommend this book not only for the ideas it discusses, but also for the practices on resistance the authors detail in depth.” Leona M. English, St. Francis Xavier University
Lyn Tett is Professor of Community Education at the University of Huddersfield and Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh.
Mary Hamilton is Emeritus Professor of Adult Learning and Literacy in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University.
Resisting neo-liberalism: Introduction ~ Mary Hamilton and Lyn Tett;
Section 1: Adult Education;
Accountability literacies and conflictual cooperation in community-based organisations for young people in Quebec ~ Virginie Thériault;
Research, criticality & adult and further education: catalysing hope and dialogic caring ~ Vicky Duckworth and Rob Smith;
The employability skills discourse and literacy practitioners in England and Scotland ~ Gwyneth Allatt and Lyn Tett;
Section 2: School Education;
Making Meaning of Hope: Pedagogical Tools for Resisting Neo-Liberal Discourses in an Early Literacy Classroom ~ Lori McKee and Rachel Heydon;
Countering dull pedagogies: teacher and student learning in the arts ~ Pat Thomson and Christine Hall;
Resisting the neo-liberal: Parent activism in New York State against the corporate reform agenda ~ David Hursh and Bob Lingard;
Section 3: Higher Education;
Everyday activism: challenging neoliberalism for radical library workers in UK HE ~ Katherine Quinn and Jo Bates;
Strategies of Resistance in the Neoliberal University ~ Mary Hamilton;
Beyond the Mire of Laws and Figures? Imagining alternatives ~ Fergal Finnegan;
Section 4: National Perspectives;
Body-Soul Rooted Pedagogy: Teaching for Critical Consciousness, Nourished Resistance, and Healing ~ Mia Sosa-Provencio, Annmarie L. Sheahan and Shiv Desai;
The appropriation of cultural, economic and normative frames of reference for adult education: An Italian perspective ~ Marcella Milana & Francesca Rapanà;
Whatever happened to popular adult education? Danish adult education policy from the 1960s to 2017 ~ Pia Cort and Anne Larson;
Does Australian adult education need another kind of revolution? Responding to a policy vacuum ~ Keiko Yasukawa and Pamela Osmond;
Section 5: Transnational perspectives;
Education policy, the EU and the European Semester: Soft power in hard times ~ Howard Stevenson, Alison Milner and Emily Winchip;
Rethinking adult education for active participatory citizenship and the emerging role for adult education as resistance mediator ~ George K. Zarifis;
Bringing equity and inclusion back into education ~ Carlos Vargas.