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Keddie, Amanda – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
There is little conclusive evidence linking academies reform in England with school improvement. While this reform has been effective in improving educational outcomes in some contexts, it has been resoundingly unsuccessful in others. Nevertheless, political faith in autonomous schooling as key to a world-class education remains strong. This paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Educational Change, School Based Management
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Elwick, Alex; Osgood, Jayne; Robertson, Leena; Sakr, Mona; Wilson, Dilys – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This paper aims to critique policy discourses around the pursuit of quality in early years education. Taking England as a focal point, it problematizes the use of the term 'quality' and attempts to standardise its meaning; highlighting the disconnect that exists between policy and practice. The paper combines discourse analysis of a small number…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education, Educational Quality, Discourse Analysis
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Craske, James – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
The Pupil Premium policy was introduced in 2010 by the UK coalition government to tackle the attainment gap disproportionately affecting children from low-income families. Semi-structured interviews and policy documents are examined for the way the policy has been enacted in a single comprehensive secondary school in England. In 2014, this school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Secondary Schools, Educational Finance
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Gillborn, David – Peabody Journal of Education, 2018
Derrick Bell's thesis, that racism is a permanent feature of society, is frequently misrepresented by detractors as signaling a view of racism as monolithic--bold, obvious, and unchanging. This paper argues that critical race theory [CRT] reveals a very different understanding of racism as relentless, yet fluid, and quick to morph depending on…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Achievement Gap, Racial Differences
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Rayner, Stephen M.; Courtney, Steven J.; Gunter, Helen M. – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
The research reported in this article contributes new understandings of systemic change by studying the form of system redesign known in England as "academisation." The data illuminate tensions within the neoliberal policy complex that are surfaced in a single secondary school. Although several studies have described academy conversions…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Neoliberalism, Politics of Education
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McGimpsey, Ian – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
The language of austerity has been widely used to characterize policy-making in post-industrial nations since the financial crisis. Youth services in England are a noted example of the effects of austerity, having suffered rapid and severe cuts following a period of record investment prior to 2008. In this article, I argue that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Youth, Youth Programs, Financial Exigency
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Constantinou, Filio; Crisp, Victoria; Johnson, Martin – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2018
Tests, especially high-stakes ones, occupy a prominent role in education and impact on students' personal and professional trajectory. Therefore, it is crucial that they are well understood. Enhancing understanding of the workings of tests requires a multidisciplinary approach, one that treats tests not only as assessment instruments, but also as…
Descriptors: Test Construction, High Stakes Tests, Social Influences, Theories
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de St Croix, Tania – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
A growing policy emphasis on measurement and outcomes has led to cultures of performativity, which are transforming what educators do and how they feel about themselves in relation to their work. While most analysis of performativity in education has focused on schools, this article investigates parallel developments in youth work. Youth work is a…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, Informal Education, Youth Programs
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Keddie, Amanda – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2018
This paper explores issues of teacher professionalism. The focus is on the competition, control and standardisation that tend to be associated with 'entrepreneurial' professionalism on the one hand, and the autonomy, care and criticality that tend to be associated with 'traditional' professionalism, on the other. The paper presents a series of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Professionalism
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Schneider, Claudia; Arnot, Madeleine – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2018
This article explores the modes of school communication associated with language and cultural diversity, demonstrating how organisational communication theory can be applied to the analysis of schools' communication responses to the presence of pupils who have English as an additional language (EAL). The article highlights three analytical…
Descriptors: Organizational Communication, Communication (Thought Transfer), English (Second Language), Elementary Schools
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Wong, Billy; Kemp, Peter E. J. – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2018
Digital technology is increasingly central to our lives, particularly among young people. However, there remains a concern from government and businesses of a digital skills gap because many youths, especially girls, tend to be consumers rather than creators of technology. Drawing on 32 semi-structured interviews with digitally skilled teenagers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Adolescents, Computer Science Education
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Filiz, Sevil; Benzet, Aycan – World Journal of Education, 2018
Teaching foreign languages via flipped classrooms, in which the typical elements of a course are reversed, has been a popular pedagogy recently as the modern digital technology is flourishing unprecedentedly. The aim of this study is to review a selected sample of 50 studies on flipped classroom instruction in foreign language education published…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Homework, Video Technology
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Kelly, Peter; Andreasen, Karen Egedal; Kousholt, Kristine; McNess, Elizabeth; Ydesen, Christian – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
In this study we identify and compare the impact of standardised student assessment in England, an established neoliberal context, and in Denmark where a neoliberal education reform agenda is emerging in response to both national concerns and international governance. National reading tests for students aged 11-12 years, long established in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Governance, Standardized Tests
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Kamp, A. – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This paper presents insights into the leadership implications of recent shifts in a range of policy contexts towards notions of collaboration and partnership. The paper draws on empirical research into the formation and operation of government instituted networks in the context of education in Victoria, Australia. From 2001, School Networks and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Leadership, Governance
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Hammersley-Fletcher, L.; Clarke, M.; McManus, V. – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2018
Politicians and policy-makers in education routinely proclaim the centrality of schools and teachers in sustaining and consolidating democracy and democratic society. This article offers an account of teachers engaged in research in their schools and classrooms, with peers and students, so as to highlight the democratic potential of this…
Descriptors: Democracy, Teacher Researchers, Teacher Empowerment, Politics of Education
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