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ERIC Number: EJ895506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Policy Enactments in the UK Secondary School: Examining Policy, Practice and School Positioning
Braun, Annette; Maguire, Meg; Ball, Stephen J.
Journal of Education Policy, v25 n4 p547-560 Jul 2010
This paper presents a first attempt in an ongoing research study of the policy environments in four UK secondary schools to examine policy enactment, where "enactment" refers to an understanding that policies are interpreted and "translated" by diverse policy actors in the school environment, rather than simply implemented. The paper is divided into two parts. The first part presents an audit of the policies encountered in four case study schools in the south-east of England. The second part looks at one current English government policy, namely personal learning and thinking skills, and how this is taken up in two of the case study schools. In this way, the paper not just explores why a policy is adopted but also illustrates the capacity for school-based policy elaboration, where schools produce their own "take" on policy, drawing on aspects of their culture or ethos, as well as on the situated necessities. (Contains 2 figures and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)