What is the ‘public’ in public education? Mapping past, present and future educational imaginaries of Europe and beyond

Matthew Clarke* (Corresponding Author), Martin Mills, Nicole Mockler, Parlo Singh

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Abstract

This special issue explores past, present and potential future imaginaries of ‘public’ education in Europe and beyond. The special issue is located in a contemporary context of political turmoil, in which one in four European voters allegedly supports populist political parties, with the largest support for far-right forms of populism; it is also set against a historical background of several decades of significant change in the social, political and economic contexts of education, whereby schools and universities have been reimagined and reorganized so as to conform to the marketized and managerialist contours of the neoliberal imaginary; and it is set against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to lockdowns and school closures in many countries and prompted many to question supposedly ‘normal’ ways of doing school and education in less turbulent times. For all these reasons, the special issue is topical and timely.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Educational Research Journal
Volume21
Issue number1
Early online date10 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Public education
  • state education
  • democracy
  • neoliberalism
  • equality
  • social justice

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