ERIC Number: ED330024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Coordination of Education Policies with Policies in Other Fields: A Synthesis. Reports, Studies Working Series No. S.139.
Issues pertinent to the coordination of educational policies with those in other fields for innovative policy formation are presented in this synthesis. The first section details objectives of the interdisciplinary approach, of which the development of common frameworks and methodological tools that are adaptable to specific countries or regions is primary. The second section discusses concepts and theories, pointing out that the interdisciplinary approach links theory and practice and is systemically oriented. The impact of political and administrative structures on policymaking structures and distribution of power in different countries is examined in the third section, and policies and programs are discussed in the fourth section, which cautions that coordination with other policymaking sectors may create overlap between educational systems. Section 5's analysis of the political context of power and decision making identifies barriers to coordination, such as deficient information dissemination in developing countries, shortened implementation stages, and a gap between educational policy and practice. Lessons to be learned are discussed in the final section; these include attention to accountability and political legitimacy of policy coordination. Conclusions point to Unesco's instrumental role in policy coordination and the need to consider such factors as the divisive effects of policy coordination, life cycles of the policy process, demography, and levels of development. (22 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Div. of Educational Policy and Planning.