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Auld, Euan; Morris, Paul – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has unveiled plans to move into the field of early childhood education through the introduction of the International Early Learning Study (IELS), a new comparative test of five-year olds that is being piloted in three nations. This article explores the dynamics of this new project…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, International Assessment, International Organizations, Governance
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Delaune, Andrea – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This paper analyses the International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study, undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in order to draw attention to the neoliberal, neoconservative, and globalising discourses which underpin the study and generate an image of what is 'best' in early childhood education. The…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Neoliberalism, Global Approach, International Organizations
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Lin, Pei-Ying; Lin, Yu-Cheng – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Over the decades, it is evident that exceptional learners have been excluded from participating in international assessments such as OECD's PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) due to their disabilities. Drawing on the interdisciplinary theories and perspectives of educational assessment, measurement, and early childhood special…
Descriptors: International Assessment, Early Childhood Education, Disabilities, Educational Assessment
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Roberts-Holmes, Guy – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article examines why the government in England has signed the country up to taking part in the OECD's new international assessment known as The International Early Learning and Well-being Study (IELS). The article highlights the role of IELS as a technology of neoliberal governance. Looking forward it considers how IELS may open up new…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, International Assessment, Commercialization
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Sousa, Diana; Grey, Sue; Oxley, Laura – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has a key role in driving educational discourse and global educational governance. Its comparative 'Programme of International School Assessment' (PISA) has explicitly linked the knowledge and skills of young people with the economic potential of countries. Through the International…
Descriptors: Comparative Testing, International Assessment, Early Childhood Education, Democracy
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Urban, Mathias – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
In this article, I discuss the International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study (IELS), which is currently being rolled out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. I summarise the development of IELS and the critique that has been voiced by early childhood scholars, professionals and advocates. I then move to an…
Descriptors: International Assessment, Early Childhood Education, Well Being, Testing
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Ure, Odd B. – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article investigates what is claimed to be a shift towards national and European education systems based on Learning Outcomes (LO). We propose to delineate LO into three instruments (pedagogical, policy and organisational). When LO are related to a pedagogical debate, they can easily be positioned to constructivist learning theories in which…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Policy, Constructivism (Learning)
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Nygreen, Kysa – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article presents an exploration of the work of family engagement in a racially- and linguistically-diverse, high-poverty, urban school district in a state of continuous neoliberal reform. Drawing from qualitative research methods, it is argued that family engagement is being reshaped by the imperatives of educational neoliberalization while,…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Educational Change, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship
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Powers, Jeanne M.; Potterton, Amanda U. – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
In Arizona, individuals can receive a tax credit of up to US$200 per individual taxpayer for donations to public schools. We analyze public school tax credit donations to charter schools and document inequalities in the distribution of donations associated with the percentages of more advantaged students charter schools serve. The differences in…
Descriptors: Tax Credits, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Educational Equity (Finance)
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Benecke, Jakob – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
The National Socialist regime was, generally speaking, not interested in an outright levelling of social differentiation patterns, as they were present within the German society around 1933. On the contrary: old hierarchies were to be fought and new ones were to be established--both according to the Nazi administration's social ideology and,…
Descriptors: Social Differences, Jews, Nationalism, Social Structure
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Ryan, Cheryl; Ollis, Tracey – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This paper explores disembodiment and policing in an Australian police jurisdiction -- we call 'Conundrum'. This narrative research on police education uncovers the tensions and disembodied practices of police and the daily dilemmas that police experience working in the new era of professional policing. Police officers' educational experiences are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Police, Law Enforcement, Police Education
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Reinke, Stephanie; Peters, Lacey; Castner, Daniel – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article is a commentary developed by three early childhood teacher educators who are concerned about the negative consequences of contemporary policy trends in the United States. The commentary critically examines the influence of quality improvement in early childhood as it relates to environmental rating systems and the use of teacher…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Early Childhood Education, Futures (of Society)
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Lopes, Alice Casimiro; Costa, Hugo Heleno Camilo – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
In this article, we aim to theorize about the understanding of a school subject community in a discursive framework, particularly concerned with the theoretical and strategic possibilities of this notion in the research of curriculum policy. In these times, in which the death of the centered, conscious and cohesive Subject is assumed, what…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Curriculum Evaluation, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Theories
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Murphy, Steve; MacDonald, Amy; Danaia, Lena; Wang, Cen – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
In December 2015 the Australian state and territory governments endorsed the 'National STEM School Education Strategy 2016-2026'. Since then, the individual jurisdictions have released their own STEM education strategies that aim to improve student STEM capabilities and aspirations. This paper analyses the various Australian STEM education…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Strategies, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries
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Johnson, E Marcia – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
As doctoral enrolments have soared in many countries around the world, considerable attention has been devoted to how an increasingly diverse candidature can succeed in thesis writing. Along with supervisory guidance during the student's research project, various publications have emerged to help students with thesis writing requirements. However,…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
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