Redesigning the identities of teachers and leaders: A framework for studying new professionalism and educator resistance

Gary Anderson, Michael Cohen


Neoliberal reforms of public education do more than shape policy and curriculum; they also influence educators’ understanding of themselves as professionals, driving at the very core of what it means to be a teacher or leader.  This article explores the effects of Neoliberal policies and New Public Management pracitces on teachers and principals and the ways they result in a “new professionalism.” The authors provide a framework for studying how these new polices and practices might be resisted, as well as a description of characteristics of the new professional and what professionalism might look like if it were grounded in community and advocacy.


politics of education; educational policy; neoliberalism; New Public Management; resistance; professional identity

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