IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Managerialism in education

09 June 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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In this talk, Dr Amanda Greene (UCL) and Dr Sally Riordan (University of Wolverhampton) analyse traditional critiques of managerialism and explore how they apply in an educational setting.

This event is free.

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Alison Brady

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The speakers examine Goodhart’s law and use it to explain why managerialism is fundamentally different when applied to the public sector. 

They argue that managerialism diminishes practical judgement and consider the implications of this, including the possibilities that governmental actions appear unintelligible and that the legitimacy of government is threatened. 

PESGB seminar series

The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with Philosophy at the Institute of Education. 

These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern. All are welcome to attend.


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About the Speakers

Dr Amanda Greene

Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at UCL

Amanda's research interests include legitimacy, democracy, human rights, and Plato’s political philosophy. Before entering academia, she worked as a consultant in the private and non-profit sectors in the United States, India, and Australia.

More about Dr Amanda Greene

Sally Riordan

Senior Research Fellow in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

Sally's interests include measurement and social justice in education.

She is currently leading a project investigating the progress of young people from lower-income households on behalf of the Social Mobility Commission.