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Some recent responses to neoliberalism and its views on education

Johannes L. van der Walt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4493 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4493 | © 2017 Johannes L. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 2016 | Published: 21 April 2017

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Johannes L. van der Walt, EduH-Right Research Area, Faculty of Education, North-West University, South Africa

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This article is about developments that are on the rise in response to the global hegemony of the neoliberal approach to life in general and education in particular. After an outline of what neoliberalism entails and how it has impacted education, the discussion moves on to an outline of several of these new developments that are seemingly unrelated but at the deepest level seem to be critical of neoliberalism and its views about education. This is followed by a critical appraisal of these new developments. The appraisal, executed along the guidelines of the social space and ethical function theory, shows that these new developments, although they suggest a number of important corrections regarding neoliberalism and its views on education, are in themselves one-sided and narrow. It is nevertheless important for educators and educationists to take account of such new developments that are in the process of changing our view of the world.


Neoliberalism; education; teaching-learning; Reconstructionist movement; social space and ethical function theory


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