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ERIC Number: EJ785593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Bureaucratic Response to Policy Change: Implementation of Adult Education Policy in Norway
Engesbak, Heidi; Stubbe, Tor Arne
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v27 n1 p19-34 Jan 2008
Our main concern was to investigate the implementation of the new "Education Act", giving adults the statutory right to complete upper secondary education. Referring to a "top-down" and a "bottom-up" perspective we have investigated how the representatives of the county authorities (the bureaucrats) interpret and practise the specific section of the "Act" in relation to their definition, moral evaluation and economic view. The interpretation of the section in the "Act" and the practice varied. Two counties were proactive, result-oriented and generous, while four counties were passive, act-oriented and restrictive in their implementation. The implementation was influenced by the bureaucrats' attitudes, decisions and actions. They had their own agenda, moral standard, interest and so on, which influenced their interpretation and practice. Our study indicates that it is not enough just to formulate a right. How it is formulated, and how it is interpreted and perceived may affect the implementation process. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway