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Wahlström, Ninni; Sundberg, Daniel – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
Discourse approaches in education policy analysis have gained prominence in the last decade. However, though the literature on policy discourses is growing, different conceptions of the "discursive" dimension and its potential for empirical analysis related to the field of curriculum policy have not yet been fully researched. To address…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Curriculum, Educational Change
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Hardy, Ian – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This paper examines how policy pressure for increased performance on standardised measures of student achievement influenced the teacher learning practices that arose in a school setting in Queensland, Australia. Drawing upon research and theorising of governing by numbers, and applications to the governance of education, and particularly…
Descriptors: Criticism, Governance, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
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Savage, Glenn C.; Lewis, Steven – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
In this paper, we use the development of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) as an illustrative case to examine how national schooling reforms are assembled in Australia's federal system. Drawing upon an emerging body of research on "policy assemblage" within the fields of policy sociology, anthropology and critical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Standards, National Curriculum, Educational Change
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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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Lakes, Richard D.; Donovan, Martha K. – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is noted in school reform policy circles as the gold standard of academic excellence. While the presence of IB as a sought-after education vendor has grown in the past decade, the organization has attempted to shake off its image as an elite agency serving only private international schools with its…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Educational Policy, Excellence in Education, Reputation
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Yemini, Miri; Cegla, Ariel; Sagie, Netta – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This study examines the interaction between non-governmental organization (NGO), the Local Education Authority (LEA), and public schools in communities of different socioeconomic backgrounds in Israel. We characterize how schools serving more and less affluent communities create, cultivate, and preserve interactions with NGOs; how NGOs form, and…
Descriptors: Correlation, Nongovernmental Organizations, Socioeconomic Background, Institutional Characteristics
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Mowat, Joan Gaynor – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
The attainment gap associated with socio-economic status is an international problem that is highly resistant to change. This conceptual paper critiques the drive by the Scottish Government to address the attainment gap through the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the National Improvement Framework. It draws upon a range of theoretical…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Attainment, Holistic Approach, Socioeconomic Influences
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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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Saito, Eisuke; Atencio, Matthew; Khong, Thi Diem Hang; Takasawa, Naomi; Murase, Masatsugu; Tsukui, Atsushi; Sato, Manabu – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2018
Neo-liberal educational policies that are being implemented globally work to foster competition among schools and teachers, as well as among children. In this situation, teachers must often come to accept the dominant representations of curricular policy developed by higher authorities. In this study, a case study design is used to describe how…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism
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Gjedia, Robert; Gardinier, Meg P. – European Journal of Education, 2018
The role of teachers is becoming increasingly important in advancing student learning outcomes. This article discusses one area that is still in need of significant reform in Albania: the induction and mentoring of new teacher-candidates. Based on a mixed-method study involving 275 Albanian teachers and mentors, it provides insights into the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mentors, Teacher Role, Outcomes of Education
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Peleman, Brecht; Lazzari, Arianna; Budginaite, Irma; Siarova, Hanna; Hauari, Hanan; Peeters, Jan; Cameron, Claire – European Journal of Education, 2018
This article presents the findings of an analysis of the effects of CPD initiatives on the quality of the pedagogical practices of ECEC practitioners. It is part of a larger study commissioned by Eurofound and jointly conducted by VBJK, IOE and PPMI (Eurofound, 2015). In order to draw policy-relevant information that might support decision makers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Professional Continuing Education, Educational Practices
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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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Carusi, F. Tony; Rawlins, Peter; Ashton, Karen – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
Ontological politics has received increasing attention within education policy studies, particularly as a support for the notion of policy enactment. While policy enactment offers serious challenges to traditional approaches toward policy implementation, this paper takes up ontological politics as a concept that extends beyond implementation and…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Evidence, Educational Policy, Program Implementation
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Prieto-Flores, Òscar; Feu, Jordi; Serra, Carles; Lázaro, Laura – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2018
This article explores different ways in which public primary schools sustain democratic governance structures created beyond those mandated by law in Spain. These new institutional designs, while not opposed to policy text requirements of having a governing body with representatives of parents, teachers and public administration, are being carried…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Governance, Public Schools, Democracy
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Salazar-Morales, Diego Alonso – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This article explains how after 43 years of unsatisfactory outcomes, the Ministry of Education of Peru (MoE) suddenly ranked at the top of governmental performance tables. To do so, this study relies on implementation and major discussions of policy instrument theories to provide a comprehensive explanation of the reasons underlying the MoE's…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Program Implementation, Low Achievement
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