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Regmi, Kapil Dev – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2019
In recent decades, educational policy researchers have considered critical policy sociology, mostly known as 'policy sociology', as a useful research methodology for analysing educational policies. However, despite its increasing popularity, policy sociology has been a confusing concept hence it is often used interchangeably with other terms such…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Educational Sociology
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Ikävalko, Elina; Brunila, Kristiina – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2019
Researchers often find themselves reflecting on either/or questions. This article examines the multiple discursive reality of gender equality, a topic comprising several juxtapositions connected to either/or thinking which also provide the topic its legitimacy. The examples come from the context of gender equality work and gender equality policy,…
Descriptors: Sex Fairness, Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Feminism
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Headley, Marcia Gail; Swoboda, Christopher M.; Foote, Lori – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2016
"What works" policies are the latest incarnation of best practices in educational research. Instituted by various organisations internationally, they define what kind of research counts as "evidence" for reform-oriented decision-making. While some countries rely on systematic analyses and meta-analyses, the U.S. favours primary…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Educational Research, Mathematics Education, Educational Policy
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Green, Chris; Taylor, Celia; Buckley, Sharon; Hean, Sarah – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2016
Whilst systematic reviews, meta-analyses and other forms of synthesis are considered amongst the most valuable forms of research evidence, their limited impact on educational policy and practice has been criticised. In this article, we analyse why systematic reviews do not benefit users of evidence more consistently and suggest how review teams…
Descriptors: Synthesis, Literature Reviews, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Peterson, Amelia – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2016
As a systemic approach to improving educational practice through research, "What Works" has come under repeated challenge from alternative approaches, most recently that of improvement science. While "What Works" remains a dominant paradigm for centralized knowledge-building efforts, there is need to understand why this…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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Kennedy, JohnPaul; Quinn, Frances; Taylor, Neil – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2016
There have been many attempts over the last five decades to measure students' attitudes towards school science. Many of these studies investigated attitudes towards limited aspects of science and utilized large numbers of items to draw snapshot summaries of the educational landscape. An understanding of attitudes towards science, and how these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change
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Chong, Pei Wen; Graham, Linda J. – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2013
International comparison is complicated by the use of different terms, classification methods, policy frameworks and system structures, not to mention different languages and terminology. Multi-case studies can assist in the understanding of the influence wielded by cultural, social, economic, historical and political forces upon educational…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Case Studies, Comparative Education, Educational Research
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Nudzor, Hope Pius – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2013
This article analyses selected texts from documents on the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (fCUBE) policy implementation in Ghana to unearth the discursive shift in policy (i.e. from predominantly socialist/social democratic towards neo-liberal ideological policy direction) in recent time. The methodological approach involves the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Compulsory Education, Equal Education, Educational Change
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Hill, Marc Lamont – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2012
This conceptual article explores the notion of educational researchers operating as public intellectuals. To do this, I situate my analysis within a broader tradition of public intellectual work in the American academy. I also offer a framework for three specific forms of public intellectual work, supported by relevant examples, which can be taken…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Role, Higher Education
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Ngware, Moses Waithanji; Oketch, Moses; Ezeh, Alex Chika; Mutisya, Maurice; Ejakait, Charles Epari – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2012
This paper describes the design and methodology used to assess the impact of free primary education (FPE) policy in Nairobi, Kenya. The key outcome of the study was to assess the impact of FPE on schooling outcomes among the urban poor. The study assesses the impact of FPE by examining how two non-comparable groups responded to the introduction of…
Descriptors: Public Education, Elementary Education, Educational Policy, Outcomes of Education
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Menter, Ian; Hulme, Moira – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2012
Drawing on the experience of carrying out a literature review commissioned to support the Review of Teacher Education in Scotland, this paper discusses the role of literature reviews within the movement for "evidence-based policy" making. The first part of the paper discusses the purposes of such reviews and some of the misconceptions…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Literature Reviews, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions
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Gorard, Stephen; Cheng, Shou Chen – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2011
Previous international work has shown that clustering pupils with similar characteristics in particular schools yields no clear academic benefit, and can be disadvantageous both socially and personally. Understanding how and why this clustering happens, and how it may be reduced, is therefore important for policy. Yet previous work has tended to…
Descriptors: School Segregation, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Socioeconomic Background
Kane, Jean; Lloyd, Gwynedd; McCluskey, Gillean; Riddell, Sheila; Stead, Joan; Weedon, Elisabet – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2008
Restorative Practices (RPs) in schools developed out of growing interest in Restorative Justice in the community. Schools looking for strategies to address disaffection, behaviour difficulties and violence were attracted by the key ideas: the need to restore good relationships when there has been conflict or harm; and develop a school ethos,…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Pilot Projects, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries
Glaesser, Judith – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2008
School systems may be usefully characterized according to Turner's proposed ideal types of sponsored and contest mobility. Germany is a critical case with respect to this typology because its secondary school system is stratified and selective, and yet it offers the opportunity for upward and downward mobility. Drawing on an analysis of a German…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Secondary Schools
Gorard, Stephen – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
This paper reconsiders long-term, national or socially contextualized trends in a number of important education areas commonly addressed by policy interventions. These include widening participation, teacher training, school performance, the use of targets, and student assessment. In each case, it is very difficult to sustain an argument that…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Educational Policy, Intervention, Policy Analysis