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ERIC Number: ED559914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 152
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3033-4709-2
Translating Policy into Practice: The Role of Intermediary Agents in a Fully Centralized and Highly Hierarchical Educational System
Syed Anuar, Sarifah Norazah
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University
Variations in educational policy outcomes have always been perceived as policy failures, and they are often associated with policymakers insensitivity to what is happening down at the grass roots level, and with implementers' inefficiency and non-compliance. Based on institutional theory, the nested layers theory in particular, and the Four "I"s theory introduce by Carol Weiss, this study tried to unfold the process of interpreting and translating the 1S1S policy into practice in the fully centralized and highly hierarchical system of education in Malaysia. Analysis found that despite possessing similar capacities, standardized budgets, and shared priorities, variation still occurs, and the policy still gets interpreted and translated differently at all levels. This process was found influenced by discrepancies of both individual policy agents and their organizations. In addition, the study revealed that in such a tight structure of organizations, effective policy communication is the key factor to ensure shared inspirations. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia