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Hodgson, David – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
A governmental research inquiry was conducted into the policy to raise the school leaving age in Western Australia. The study aimed to problematise the policy so as to identify and examine the rationale and intervening practices with young people who were deemed to be at-risk of not meeting the new school leaving age requirements. Drawing on…
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, At Risk Students
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Haugen, Cecilie Rønning – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
Internationally, the autonomy of schools and teachers is under pressure. In Norway, recent policies emphasise output control through national testing, combined with holding schools and teachers accountable for students' results. Whereas recent research documents that the autonomy of schools and teachers is weakening in Oslo, there is little…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Institutional Autonomy, Professional Autonomy
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Haggerty, Maggie; Loveridge, Judith – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
Recent education policy analysis has revealed the standardisation of education systems and an intensified focus on learners and learning to meet the requirements of the global economy and neo-liberalism. In this paper we analyse the way that early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand has become increasingly entangled with school sector…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning, Early Childhood Education
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Rowe, Emma E.; Skourdoumbis, Andrew – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
In early 2015, the Australian Government and an associated Ministerial Group called for 'urgent national action to improve the quality of initial teacher education'. Following this call for action, the Australian Government launched a series of reforms into initial teacher education, targeting 'teacher quality' and 'classroom readiness'. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Evidence, Accountability
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Evans, Ceryn; Rees, Gareth; Taylor, Chris; Wright, Caroline – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
Patterns of participation in higher education (HE) in the UK, as elsewhere, have been marked by social inequalities for decades. UK Governments have responded with a plethora of policies and agendas aimed at addressing this broad social issue. However, little is known about how higher education institutions (HEIs) interpret and 'enact' these…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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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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Aikens, Kathleen; Hargis, Kristen – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
In light of multiple, dispersed forms of online civic participation, we must reconceptualize how public intervention into policy production and enactment takes place. This study examines a case of academic and operational restructuring termed 'TransformUS' that took place at a Canadian university in Saskatchewan from 2013 to 2014. Our analysis…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Citizen Participation, Educational Change
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Allbright, Taylor N.; Marsh, Julie A.; Hall, Michelle; Tobben, Laura; Picus, Lawrence O.; Lavadenz, Magaly – American Journal of Education, 2019
We examine how district administrators' conceptions of equity relate to the implementation of finance reform. We use sensemaking theory and four views of equity--libertarian, liberal, democratic liberal, and transformative--to guide a case study of two districts, finding evidence of two conceptions of equity: (1) greater resources for students…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Program Implementation, Educational Finance, Finance Reform
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Pearce, Sarah; Lewis, Kirstin – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2019
This article argues that neoliberal and neoconservative schooling policies in England legitimise a long-standing neglect of cultural difference in schools, and are having a particularly damaging effect on Muslim children's experience of schooling. It offers evidence that relationships between teachers and Muslim families in particular may be…
Descriptors: Muslims, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism
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Walton, Grant W. – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
Policies aimed at both reducing the costs associated with schooling (particularly through fee-free education) and decentralising responsibility for education delivery have become a central part of international education doctrine. This article draws on the 'politics of scale' literature to highlight how these education reforms are contested at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Fees, Access to Education, Student Costs
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Katzir, Shai; Perry-Hazan, Lotem – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
The study explored how a group of private Haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jewish) schools legitimized an innovative non-mandatory reform. Specifically, it examined the circumstances that facilitated and hindered a "coincidence of wants" between the schools and the Ministry of Education, which resulted in signing agreements that changed the status…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Jews, Public Education, Educational Policy
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Brown, Ceri; Carr, Sam – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
Educationalists have been concerned with the labelling and treatment of children with mental health difficulties in the education system in England for some time. These concerns have centred on the role of policy in 'othering' such students as deviant learners. The unprecedented number of children suffering from mental illnesses, has forced…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, High Stakes Tests
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Han, Xiao – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
Bourdieu's concept of field offers an alternative explanation for the inevitable gap between policy initiative and implementation. While the existing literature mostly concentrated on the dichotomy of macro- and micro-politics in enacting education policies, the missing attention to meso-level, local governments as policy interpreters and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Politics of Education, International Education
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Hodkinson, Alan; Burch, Leah – Journal of Education Policy, 2019
This article reveals the Foucauldian docile body manufactured within the Department for Education's special educational needs and disability code of practice 2014 through employment of a theoretical lens of embodiment and an analytical focus on only three words. In problematizing the concepts of support, employment and independence, we seek to…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Needs, Disabilities, Ideology
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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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