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ERIC Number: EJ1198526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Reform First and Ask Questions Later? The Implications of (Fast) Schooling Policy and 'Silver Bullet' Solutions
Lewis, Steven; Hogan, Anna
Critical Studies in Education, v60 n1 p1-18 2019
This article explores the uptake of so-called fast policy solutions to problems in different education policy contexts and highlights the potential impacts that can arise from such policymaking approaches. We draw upon recent literature and theorising around notions of fast policy and evidence-informed policymaking, which suggests that, in an increasingly connected, globalised and temporally compressed social world, policymaking has become 'speeded up.' This means that policymaking is now largely predicated upon looking around to foreign reference societies to borrow 'ideas that work', thereby encouraging particular forms of evidence, expertise and influence to dominate. We focus on three different examples of fast policy schooling documents--namely the OECD's "PISA for Schools" report, the edu-business Pearson's "The Learning Curve" and an Australian state (New South Wales) education department report entitled "What Works Best"--to show how all three documents promote an overly simplified, decontextualised and 'one-size-fits-all' understanding of schooling policy. This reflects what we describe as a 'convergence of policy method' across vastly different policy contexts (an IGO, global edu-business and government department), in which similarly fast policies, and methods of promoting such policies, appear to dominate over potentially more considered and contextually aware policymaking approaches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment