Outsourcing education services in South Korea, England and Hong Kong: a discursive institutionalist analysis

Bates, Agnieszka, Choi, Tae-Hee and Kim, Yong (2019) Outsourcing education services in South Korea, England and Hong Kong: a discursive institutionalist analysis. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0305-7925

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Abstract

The outsourcing of education services has been widely adopted across international contexts as a ‘tested solution’ or panacea to meet various educational problems including school management, curriculum design, teaching and student discipline. Contracting third party providers, it is argued, enhances organisational goals such as efficiency, quality and school improvement. However, the outsourcing of education services has also impacted on established notions concerning the boundaries around teachers’ work. This paper deploys the framework of discursive institutionalism to offer insight into how the idea of outsourcing has been activated and circulated by discursive communities in three diverse international settings. Despite its problem-solution logic, the institutionalisation of outsourcing creates its own problems, not least the undermining of teacher professionalism, the ‘businessification’ of schools and a diminishing of their educational mission.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 May 2019 13:30
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 23:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71085
DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2019.1614431

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