Whose education? Disentangling publics, persons and citizens

Jessica Pykett

in Rethinking the public

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424167
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303275 | DOI:
Whose education? Disentangling publics, persons and citizens

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This chapter continues the analysis of changing configurations of UK governance, focusing on schooling as a site in which competing discourses are mediated by local professionals and through spatial practices. The drive towards personalisation re-imagines education as a personal goal rather than a public good. However, when considered alongside current policy directives on citizenship education, the rationales, practices, and effects become much less straightforward. Young people, the chapter suggests, are constituted as private persons and as public citizens. The chapter concludes by outlining how people might better understand the active role of spatiality in shaping educational opportunity.

Keywords: UK governance; schooling; public good; education; public citizens; young people

Chapter.  6640 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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