The Business of Teaching

Becoming a Teacher in a Market of Schools

  • Meghan Stacey

About this book


This book explores the experiences of early career teachers in a profession that has become highly stratified by market processes. The author presents New South Wales, Australia as a case study: a state with a long history of academically selective and private sector schooling, which has become increasingly segregated under a series of neoliberalised policy reforms since the 1980s. The experiences of teachers in this book are rich and varied, from a variety of different contexts – ranging from public schools enrolling students experiencing significant educational disadvantage to elite independent schools serving much more advantaged student cohorts. Highlighting teachers’ experiences in themselves rather than their impact on students, this timely book will be of interest and value to scholars of sociology of education, teachers’ work and education policy.


Marketization of Education Australian School System Teacher Agency Teaching and marketization Neoliberalism and schools teacher experience elite academies struggling schools

Authors and affiliations

  • Meghan Stacey
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUNSW SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-35406-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-35407-7
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