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Pring, Richard – Oxford Review of Education, 2019
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is making it a requirement of all schools within the Emirates (both public and private) to follow a programme of moral education (MEP), at all ages from grades 1 to 13, which is designed centrally. Explicitly secular and humanist in its approach, this is a remarkable development in a country where Islam is the…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Ethical Instruction, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy
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Hardy, Ian; Rönnerman, Karin; Beach, Dennis – Oxford Review of Education, 2019
This paper analyses recent educational reforms on teachers' work in Sweden following the 2010 Education Act, and up to the School Commission Report released in April 2017. We draw upon key policy texts and associated documents from the Ministry of Education, and the Swedish National Agency for Education ("Skolverket"). We consider the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Educational Legislation
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Sinclair, Ian; Luke, Nikki; Berridge, David – Oxford Review of Education, 2019
By age 16 the attainment of most children in or on the edge of out of home care has fallen well behind the average for their age. This paper uses the English National Pupil Database to examine how much of this falling behind occurs before the age of seven, and how any subsequent decline relates to time in care as against time outside it. We…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Foster Care, Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education
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Baum, Donald R.; Abdul-Hamid, Husein; Wesley, Hugo T. – Oxford Review of Education, 2018
Using data from a census of private schools in one of Lagos, Nigeria's administrative jurisdictions, this paper explores the linkages between a heterogeneous sector of private schools and issues of school access, affordability, quality, and ultimately social mobility for households at the bottom of the income distribution. Although a large private…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Private Schools, Foreign Countries
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Steiner-Khamsi, Gita; Appleton, Margaret; Vellani, Shezleen – Oxford Review of Education, 2018
The media analysis is situated in the larger body of studies that explore the varied reasons why different policy actors advocate for international large-scale student assessments (ILSAs) and adds to the research on the fast advance of the global education industry. The analysis of "The Economist," "Financial Times," and…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, International Assessment, Educational Practices, Content Analysis
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Zuilkowski, Stephanie Simmons; Piper, Benjamin; Ong'ele, Salome; Kiminza, Onesmus – Oxford Review of Education, 2018
Low-cost private schools (LCPS) are widespread in Kenya, particularly in urban areas. This study examines the reasons that parents send children to fee-charging schools in a context of free public primary education. Drawing on parent survey and interview data, as well as interviews with national policy makers, we found that parents who chose LCPS…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, School Choice, Private Schools
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Zhang, Wei; Bray, Mark – Oxford Review of Education, 2018
The global expansion of mass schooling has greatly increased opportunities for low-income families, and governments have devoted much effort to equalising access and quality in education systems. Alongside regular schooling, the so-called shadow education system of private supplementary tutoring has grown rapidly across the world. The fact that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tutoring, Socioeconomic Influences, Equal Education
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Sung, Youl-Kwan; Lee, Yoonmi – Oxford Review of Education, 2017
This paper seeks to contribute to recent comparative discussions about the shift of traditional referential points as a result of new global governance by the OECD through PISA. In doing so, the authors investigate whether the lower PISA rankings of the US have resulted in the shifting of its referential status in South Korea. For the purposes of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis
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Bowie, Robert – Oxford Review of Education, 2017
Government policies for teachers and schools in England promote values including tolerance of faiths and beliefs alongside law keeping, democracy, and respect. Tolerance of faiths has been highlighted as a key value but complexities around tolerance make interpretations and applications of the policy difficult. Policy documents in this area are…
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Religious Cultural Groups, Religion, Educational Policy
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Gholami, Reza – Oxford Review of Education, 2017
This article has two aims. First, it is concerned with a discourse in British media and politics of "Muslim education", a concept that often appears alongside words such as "extremism" and "radicalisation" and contributes to the undue "religification" of people of Muslim backgrounds. I offer a preliminary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Muslims, Social Bias, Ethnography
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Elwick, Alex – Oxford Review of Education, 2017
In 2002 Michael Bloomberg took office as Mayor of New York City and, over the next 12 years of his administration, oversaw a series of sweeping reforms in order to "fix" the broken education system which he believed he had inherited. This paper details the key policy reforms in New York City's public school system during this period,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Public Schools, Educational Policy, Change Strategies
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Jones, Karen L.; Tymms, Peter; Kemethofer, David; O'Hara, Joe; McNamara, Gerry; Huber, Stephan; Myrberg, Eva; Skedsmo, Guri; Greger, David – Oxford Review of Education, 2017
It has been widely documented that accountability systems, including school inspections, bring with them unintended side effects. These unintended effects are often negative and have the potential to undo the intended positive effects. However the empirical evidence is limited. Through a European comparative study we have had the rare opportunity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Inspection, School Visitation
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Härmä, Joanna – Oxford Review of Education, 2016
In some low-income countries, low-fee private schools targeting relatively poor communities have sprung up in considerable numbers meeting growing demand. This is often the case where government is not providing enough school places, but also where parents could access government schools for their children but choose not to, due to perceived low…
Descriptors: Private Education, Equal Education, Access to Education, Foreign Countries
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Hedge, Nicki; MacKenzie, Alison – Oxford Review of Education, 2016
Curriculum for Excellence, Scotland's 3--18 curriculum, has been described as 'the most significant curricular change in Scotland for a generation' (McAra, Broadley & McLauchlan, 2013, p. 223). The purpose of the curriculum is 'encapsulated' in four capacities in order that learners become i) successful learners, ii) confident individuals,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Excellence in Education, Personal Autonomy
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Khavenson, Tatiana; Carnoy, Martin – Oxford Review of Education, 2016
In this paper, we try to unravel some of the unintended and intended academic effects associated with post-Soviet educational reforms by focusing on three cases: Estonia, Latvia and Russia. We have chosen this comparison because a unique "natural experiment" in the three countries allows us to compare the changing academic performance on…
Descriptors: Social Change, Social Systems, Academic Achievement, Russian
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