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Varjo, Janne; Kalalahti, Mira – Education Inquiry, 2019
Since the 1980s, numerous education reforms in Europe and beyond have sought to dismantle centralised bureaucracies and replace them with devolved systems of schooling that emphasise parental choice and competition between diversified types of schools. Despite this general trend, Finland continues to emphasise the municipal assignment of school…
Descriptors: Municipalities, Educational Change, School Choice, Administrative Organization
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Arnesen, Anne-Lise – Education Inquiry, 2011
In this article, inclusive education is analysed from the perspective of the interlinked, dynamic relationship between international neo-liberal movements and national policies and practices. The aim is to explore the significance of "competence" in recent Norwegian reforms and the changing position attributed to inclusion. The analysis…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries
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Ozga, Jenny – Education Inquiry, 2011
New public management and the neo-liberal principles that sustain it have driven performance agendas in government across Europe and beyond. This has produced a loss of the traditional role of education in creating a coherent and persuasive collective myth of belonging, identity or purpose. This chapter discusses current developments in the policy…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Educational Policy, Neoliberalism, Role of Education
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Holm, Ann-Sofie; Lundström, Ulf – Education Inquiry, 2011
The Swedish education system has undergone major restructuring since the early 1990s. The new policy, including e.g. decentralisation, accountability, school choice and a tax-funded voucher system, has led to an expanding "school market". This article explores how upper secondary school principals perceive the increased competition among…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Policy
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Alexiadou, Nafsika – Education Inquiry, 2011
This article reviews the changing relationships between education policies and their links to social disadvantage and conceptions of school leadership. The argument is that definitions of leadership evolve as the assumptions underpinning the relationships between society, the economy and education institutions change. The article draws on the case…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Instructional Leadership, Role of Education, Educational History
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Hudson, Christine – Education Inquiry, 2011
Public sector reform involving decentralisation and marketisation has led to "soft" indirect forms of governance aimed at steering more fragmented systems. Although based on information and guidance rather than hierarchy and legislation, these new methods of regulating through evaluation and quality control may be as powerful as more…
Descriptors: Governance, Compulsory Education, Educational Change, Administrative Organization