Ideological and theoretical underpinnings of the New Zealand education reforms

Lynne Eagle and Anne de Bruin
Vol 19, Number 1, p.1
The education reforms, which began in the late 1980s, have their basis in a number of ideological and theoretical foundations. We briefly review New Right ideology, public choice theory, agency theory and managerialism. We then centre on the origins, strengths and weaknesses of human capital theory and the assumptions implicit in an uncritical application of the theory to education in a free market context.