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ERIC Number: EJ932865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Convergence in Education Policy? A Quantitative Analysis of Policy Change and Stability in OECD Countries
Jakobi, Anja P.; Teltemann, Janna
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v41 n5 p579-595 2011
In this article, we quantitatively assess education policy change in OECD countries. While research has frequently underlined the importance of international exchange for national policy development, it is yet unclear whether resulting policies are converging. By distinguishing different kinds of education policy goals, we hypothesise that indicators related to macro-level goals are more likely to converge than those related to implementation. We then analyse the development of several education policies since the 1990s. We find strong convergence of some indicators and among some groups of countries, but no clear pattern emerges. Convergence is only partially influenced by the abstractness of education policy goals, and in particular the Scandinavian countries seem to pursue their own approaches in important education policy options. (Contains 1 table, 6 figures and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Preschool Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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