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ERIC Number: EJ850407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Regional Themes and Global Means in Supra-National Higher Education Policy
Watson, Pam
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v58 n3 p419-438 Sep 2009
The supra-national level has become increasingly important in educational policy formulation. This paper describes and compares two settings in which growth in these supra-national policies is evident--in Europe and in Africa. Key themes arising in policy documents in each context are examined. A distinction is drawn in analysis between themes classified as "global means", such as qualification frameworks and quality assurance mechanisms, which are becoming international norms and which show close similarity across contexts, and regional goals or "themes" in supra-national policy. The paper argues that although there are apparent similarities between the policy goals espoused in "regional themes", context plays an important part in understanding the meanings of these policy goals. In closer analysis, there are differences both in the underlying problems which the policy goals are intended to address, and in the prioritisation given to these goals. This finding is examined in the light of debates regarding policy convergence, specifically drawing on Vaira's (2004) framework for institutional analysis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa