Bristol, UK ; Buffalo [N.Y.] : Multilingual Matters, c2009.
xi, 236 p. ; 22 cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
Setting the scene / J. Charles Alderson
Professional advice vs political imperatives / Alan Davies
Micropolitical issues in ELT project implementation / Tom Hunter
The politics of ELT projects in China / Ron Kerr
Teaching immigrants the language of the host community : two object lessons in the need for continuous policy development / David Little and Barbara Lazenby Simpson
The commercialisation of language provision at university / Glenn Fulcher
The role of micropolitics in multinational, high-stakes language assessment systems / Mark Crossey
Challenges and constraints in language test development / Gary Buck
The politics of examination reform in Central Europe
Karmen Pižorn and Edit Nagy
Language educational policies within a European framework / Neus Figueras
The micropolitics of research and publication / J. Charles Alderson.
Politics can be a very important influence on educational developments and their deployment. However, this volume is different from other volumes since it looks, not at the macropolitics and the ideological agendas of nations and multinational or global organisations, but rather focuses on micropolitics, the agendas and motivations of individuals within organisations, and on their actions. Micropolitics can be seen as ways of manoeuvring within institutions which are themselves not political, but commercial, financial and educational. Indeed, politics with a small 'p' includes not only institutional politics, but also personal politics, which can influence language education both in daily matters, and in projects for innovation and change. The aim of this edited book is to begin a debate about the nature and role of micropolitics, to contribute to a better understanding of language education, change and resistance to change, and the processes of language education. (source: Nielsen Book Data)