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Pedagogy and neoliberal shifts in education


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Forjan, Marina. (2017). Pedagogy and neoliberal shifts in education. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Pedagogy. [mentor Komar, Zvonimir].

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As a dominant economic paradigm, neoliberalism influences many aspects of contemporary society, which as a result makes it widely accepted and seemingly natural. As are many other areas of political and social action, education is pressured to follow the rule of the market as its primary mode of function. The paper discusses several elements of educational policies, which serve as evidence of education being shaped by market ideology. Those include objectives-driven curriculum, competencies-oriented education and standardized assessment as ways of maintaining control over educational output and achieving greater efficiency. Also, the paper stresses the importance of pedagogy, which, given the humanistic principles of its theory, should not accept the role imposed by the neoliberal agenda. Moreover, it should persistently question the nature of modifications within education and pursue the development of free critical thinking as the universal educational goal.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: neoliberalism, pedagogy, critical thinking, capitalism, ideology
Subjects: Pedagogy
Departments: Department of Pedagogy
Supervisor: Komar, Zvonimir
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 10:45
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 10:45

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