Teacher union governmental relations in the context of educational reform

Nina Bascia and Pamela Osmond

published 18 September 2013 updated 18 January 2022
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This study points out that governments tend to ignore teacher unions, at their own peril when constructing education policies; and it's based on the idea that genuine partnerships between teacher unions and governments are based on understanding pluralism.

This should be an understanding that governments and unions have different roles and that union/government relationship should be informed by respect both for agreements and disagreements. The study aims to show just how important teacher unions are to education and to the future of children and young people.