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Spohrer, Konstanze; Stahl, Garth; Bowers-Brown, Tamsin – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
Since the 2000s, successive governments in the United Kingdom and elsewhere have embraced the idea of "raising aspiration" among young people as a solution to persisting educational and socio-economic inequalities. Previous analyses have argued that these policies tend to individualise structural disadvantage and promote a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism, Policy Analysis, Aspiration
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Taylor, Emmeline – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
Anxieties relating to the health, safety and security of schoolchildren have been met with a variety of surveillance apparatus in schools internationally. Drawing on findings from a content analysis of newspaper reports relating to drug testing in Australian schools, this article seeks to excavate the ways in which the media shapes, informs,…
Descriptors: African American Children, Newspapers, Content Analysis, Drug Abuse
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Fernández, Erica; LeChasseur, Kimberly; Donaldson, Morgaen L. – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
The intersection of development in family and school settings has been well established and education policies have begun to promote ways to bridge the two contexts (i.e. teacher evaluations). For this manuscript, authors focus on how teachers and principals used a state educator evaluation policy to position parents as authorities on education.…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Parent Participation, Policy Analysis, State Policy
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Holloway, Jessica; Brass, Jory – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This article draws from Stephen Ball's work on markets, managerialism, and performativity to frame a comparative study that examines the reconstitution of the teacher-subject across a pivotal decade in which neoliberal standards and accountability reforms effected significant changes in US education. It juxtaposes two qualitative studies conducted…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, English Teachers, Accountability, Comparative Analysis
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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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Johnson, David Cassels; Stephens, Crissa; Nelson, Joan Johnston; Johnson, Eric J. – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This article considers the impact of the "Lau v. Nichols" Supreme Court decision on the education of English learners in Washington State, US In particular, we focus on the most popular educational program in the state, Sheltered English Instruction. We first examine how intertextual links to various policy texts and discourses shape…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Harel Ben Shahar, Tammy; Berger, Eyal – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
Despite ongoing efforts to promote ethnic, racial and socio-economic integration, segregation continues to challenge education administrators and legal scholars. Privileged parents seeking to avoid integration employ various strategies such as attending private schools or buying houses in neighbourhoods with good school. This paper offers a…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Socioeconomic Status, School Segregation, Advantaged
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Hunkin, Elise – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This paper reports on the findings of an in-depth genealogical study of the discourse of quality in Australian Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) policy. Quality reform has become the foremost global policy agenda for ECEC due to assumptions about the economic potentials of quality services. In Australia, the recent National Quality…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change
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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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Yu, Hui – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
This paper theorises how politics, economy and migrant population policies influence educational policy, utilising Bourdieusian theoretical resources to analyse the Chinese context. It develops the work of Lingard and Rawolle on cross-field effects and produces an updated three-step analytical framework. Taking the policy issue of the schooling of…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Public Policy
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Lapping, Claudia; Glynos, Jason – Journal of Education Policy, 2018
A range of sociological work has theorized neoliberal regulative regimes, suggesting the contradictions contained in the enactment of policy and foregrounding the painful effects of these processes on subjectivities produced within performative school cultures. This paper contributes to this body of work by tracing the movement of desire in…
Descriptors: Teacher Aides, Elementary Schools, Personal Narratives, Compensation (Remuneration)
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