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Nielsen, Charlotte Svendler; Hartman, Liesl – Policy Futures in Education, 2020
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Seoul Agenda for Arts Education (2010) calls for ensuring equitable access to arts education for all, strengthening the quality of arts education and harnessing its potential to contribute to resolving social and cultural challenges. In both South Africa and Denmark, a…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Educational Benefits, Educational Practices, Visual Arts
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Reinertsen, Anne B. – Policy Futures in Education, 2020
Digitalization of our educational systems is moving faster and deeper into our institutions. I applaud it because it has the potential to save time and effort, allowing me to spend more time on the most important part of my work as a scholar. But I am regularly sick to my stomach about what I applaud, because there is no potential and any news or…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Influence of Technology, Educational Benefits, Justice
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Nolan, Geraldine K. – Policy Futures in Education, 2020
'Won't somebody think of the children' is a battle cry calling into question the current positioning of the child and care within international/national childcare policy. This plea is constructed within a framework that recognizes that childcare policies may be guided, developed and implemented in good faith. Nevertheless, there are often…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Educational Policy, Educational Quality
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Kambutu, John; Akpovo, Samara Madrid; Nganga, Lydiah; Thapa, Sapna; Mwangi, Agnes Muthoni – Policy Futures in Education, 2020
This ethnographic study examined the (un)intended consequences of increased privatization of Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Nepal and Kenya. Qualitative data showed overreliance on high-stakes standardized tests increased competition for 'good grades or examination scores', thus (un)intentionally creating ideal conditions for proliferation of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Privatization, Early Childhood Education, Private Schools
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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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Tomicic, Ana – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
While universities now lie between two philosophical poles -- idealism and utilitarianism -- the Humboldtian ideal primarily serves to give a humanist glaze to a technocratic discourse. Regardless of its autonomy on paper, the University does not control its finances. This guise of autonomy has set a double authoritarian heteronomy of the…
Descriptors: Colleges, Higher Education, Neoliberalism, Educational Change
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Nordin, Andreas; Wahlström, Ninni – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
In this article, we analyse key policy documents on teacher quality produced by the OECD and the EU during the period 2005 to 2017 using an educational connoisseurship and criticism approach. The purpose of this article is to explore how Eisner's concepts of educational connoisseurship and educational criticism can be understood and used to…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Teacher Competencies, Criticism, Educational Quality
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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)