State/market/third sector

Summative report: State / market / third sector

Richard Sandford

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TOP KEYWORDS: education, education providers, education institutions, technology, state education

Relationships between health and education providers

Nicholas Lee

ABSTRACT: In what follows I will identify trends in governance and provision that are making state funded education a more attractive site of activity from the perspective of health providers....
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I will identify reasons why pharmaceutical businesses might increasingly come to see education as a market. I will describe the basis of current claims that pharmaceuticals can improve educational performance. Finally, in order to illustrate how these three forces may combine in the near future, I will describe a recent strategic alignment of state-funded education providers with producers of a putative cognition enhancing product.
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TOP KEYWORDS: health, education, psychology, teaching, politics

The digital landscape and new education providers

Briony Greenhill

ABSTRACT: This report aims to consider the role that may be played in educational provision by organisations and sectors who, to date, have rarely been considered part of mainstream educational...
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provision, or by completely new arrangements of educational provision. Part one takes a brief overview of current and emerging education providers that make interesting use of, or are enabled by, digital technologies and offer something new to education. In part two we consider elements of the debate around these new providers. Part three considers the possible future of education provision over the next two to three decades, while part four concludes with an articulation of the key themes to emerge from the paper.
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TOP KEYWORDS: education, digital environment, media, home, school

Private public education

Faizal Farook

ABSTRACT: This report gives an overview of the main trends affecting the role and relationship of the private and public sectors in education provision in Britain. Within the context of...
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this report, this has been defined broadly to so as to include not only the structures and mechanisms of education ‘delivery’ but also cultures, behaviours and political approaches.

Due to the scope of the initial brief and the research available, this report mainly covers developments in England, though the majority of the themes discussed will be applicable across the United Kingdom.

This report is based on desk based research and interviews with experts in the field of education and public services (Appendix B).

The key themes to emerge in this report are:

o marketisation of state provision
o increasing role of the private sector in shaping the learning agenda
o uncertainty surrounding the extent of third sector delivery
o further development of a mixed economy in education
o effects of the internationalisation of higher education

The findings discussed in this paper are indicative of the key issues rather than a comprehensive review of all possible factors. In particular, the potential effects of the current financial crisis have been discussed where possible, though at the time of writing, there is insufficient information to fully understand its’ effects in the research area.
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TOP KEYWORDS: education, politics, multiculturalism, culture

Operating systems? An analysis of the structural relationship between the ICT industries and education

Julian Sefton-Green

ABSTRACT: This essay explores the relationship between the IT industries and the education system with a view to understanding how the mix of private sector interests and public provision might...
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influence one another in the future. It considers the issues involved in looking at the role of markets in education and theorises the relationships of IT industries between and across education sectors. It draws the shape and structure of the IT marketplace in education by looking at current trends. It then examines market drivers and looks at the implied teacher/lecturer, models of technological control versus aspirations for technological transformation, issues of supply and demand and tensions created by the relationship of capital versus revenue funding considering questions of market failure, key policy drivers and some of the issues relating to the differences between the development of open source and commercial growth. The final section explores questions for policy offering levers for change. These include evaluations of and responses to change models, the meaning of our interest in private and public relationships as a binary opposition, the role of the techno-elite and questions of market growth, failure, saturation and normalisation. A concluding section lays out possible directions for future scenarios focusing on the tensions between diversification and integration in the marketplace and an understanding of how this model impacts upon change within the education system.
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TOP KEYWORDS: IT, industry, markets, education