The Growth of Enterprise Pedagogy: How ICT Policy is Infected by Neo-Liberalism

In all honesty I found “The Growth of Enterprise Pedagogy: How ICT policy is infected by Neo-Liberalism” quite difficult to understand and a little boring having to re-read the same paragraph several times to make sense of what Brown wanted to point out, i also found the references used in first part of the article to be out-dated (there was no quotes from a recent time period; most of the quotes were 7- 10 years old, which made the article difficult to find relevance in today’s society).  Even though I thought this I did manage to find a key point which was thought provoking and very relevant to today’s politicians and their policies regarding education and ICT.

This thought provoking point was about how teachers are often seen as “policy consumers rather than policy producers” (Brown, 2005). Dr Mark Brown states that this is seen as problematic since teachers are not engaged in meaningful discussions about ethical, moral and political questions. Many policies regarding teaching and pedagogy have no real input from educators who are out in the teaching field, instead politicians make the decisions about policies regarding education and pedagogy with no real knowledge about teaching.

“Teaching is inherently a political activity and the policy choices we make of what to emphasize in the curriculum are political decisions.” –Brown, 2005.

Since politicians are making all the decisions regarding ICT and education it can be highly biased, persuading teachers to embrace ICT without having all the real knowledge about the pros and cons of it.  Politicians see ICT as being beneficial for economic objectives rather than promoting the goals of equity, fairness and social justice,  Brown sums this idea up nicely by explaining that “the new ways of e-learning through ICT are infected by the ideological language of a kind of  enterprise pedagogy”  (this can be seen in Figure 1 in the Brown article p.19). However since the politicians are in control of the policies they can persuade teachers to enforce these policies and this so-called “enterprise pedagogy” instead of critiquing it.

As teachers we must be critical of these policies and stop being persuaded by politics and politicians, if we are to re-claim the true meaning of pedagogy in education and ICT. Brown says we must ask ourselves these questions if we are to change the direction of the reform of schools through ICT:

Who is telling the ICT story and Why?

How are they telling the ICT story?

How are different people understanding and responding to the ICT message?

What is missing? Whose voice is not being heard? Whose story is not being told?

 

More information about Neo-Liberalism in education http://www.freepatentsonline.com/article/Educational-Foundations/219010969.html

 

 

References

Brown, M. (2005). The growth of enterprise pedagogy: How ICT policy is infected by neo-liberalism. Australian Educational Computing, 20(2), 16-22.

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