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Olofsson, Jonas; Panican, Alexandru – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
What is the significance of regulations of job contracts and wages when it comes to young people's access to labour market? This is an issue that has attracted and continues to attract a great deal of interest in both research and politics. Proposals for deregulated employment protection and reduced entry-level pay recur regularly in public…
Descriptors: Labor Market, Apprenticeships, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Youth
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Boxley, Simon – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
When we "learn nature," do we encounter her as 'free' in the sense of having neither cost nor price? Is she something 'given'? And is that which nature offers us 'gratis'? In the UK, many schoolchildren have been encouraged to 'give thanks' for nature's gifts. But why, if she is free, give thanks; and thanks to whom? If one learns to…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Ecology, Foreign Countries, Environmental Education
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Boyask, Ruth; Vigurs, Katy – Policy Futures in Education, 2018
In this article we argue that a refined understanding of "public" and "public engagement" can help researchers who produce critical research make better decisions towards achieving policy influence. We acknowledge the challenges critical researchers face in putting their research to work within the public domain. Critical…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Public Policy, Educational Research, Equal Education
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Boxley, Simon – Policy Futures in Education, 2017
In Peter McLaren's words "We need a philosophically grounded alternative to capitalism", but what does such a philosophical grounding look like? Need it be shared? The philosophical basis for practice was not shared by Lenin and Bogdanov, for example, and yet both retained the ability to work together in the Bolshevik party. There's a…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Philosophy, Social Systems, Political Attitudes
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Biesta, Gert – Policy Futures in Education, 2016
This paper focuses on the role of research in the improvement of educational practice. I use the "10 Principles for Effective Pedagogy," which were formulated on the basis of research conducted in the UK's Teacher and Learning Research Programme as an example to highlight some common problems in the discussion about research and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Teaching Methods
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Cole, Mike – Policy Futures in Education, 2014
This article is in three parts. In part one, the author begins by examining the onset of austerity/immiseration capitalism in the United Kingdom. Austerity/immiseration capitalism has witnessed the decline of state multiculturalism and increasing attempts to deflect attention away from the failures of capitalism by playing the "race…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Islam, Cultural Pluralism, Racial Bias
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Lomer, Sylvie – Policy Futures in Education, 2014
Despite the significant and increasing presence of international students in the United Kingdom, on a national level there has been a lack of formal policy towards international students. Instead, in policy discourse, international students are represented in economic terms to the exclusion of other dimensions of experience and action. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Foreign Students, Economics
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Jasemna, Anne; Blass, Eddie; Shelley, Steve – Policy Futures in Education, 2013
This article explores quality in university teaching using a "futures" perspective. In a recent article by Blass and colleagues, a number of scenarios were developed to explore the type of higher education workforce that might be needed within the UK by 2035. In discussion of these scenarios--leading knowledge creation, responsive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Quality, Educational Policy
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Murphy, Peter – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
Powerful nations have influential systems of higher education. The article explores the possible pattern of geopolitics in the twenty-first century, and the competing prospects of America and its rivals in higher education and research. Pressures on both the American and non-American worlds are evaluated, along with relative economic strengths,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Power Structure, Geography, Politics
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Evans, John; De Pian, Laura; Rich, Emma; Davies, Brian – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
"Health" has become a major concern of policy makers internationally in recent years, especially where and when it is reduced to a measurable and, therefore, comparable commodity/"quality": weight and obesity levels. Schools in many countries have increasingly been charged with responsibility for safeguarding children's health,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Responsibility, Health Promotion, Child Health
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Small, David – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
Until the global financial crisis, neo-liberalism had appeared invincible. This article examines the global rise of neo-liberalism and its impact on education, particularly its treatment of the social democratic ideal of equality. Drawing on examples from education and other socio-political factors, it considers whether the financial crisis is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Political Attitudes, Ideology, Economic Development
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Peters, Michael A. – Policy Futures in Education, 2010
This article charts the crisis of the modern university using Bill Readings' (1996) "The University in Ruins". Readings distinguishes three principal ideas underpinning the concept of the modern university: the Kantian idea of reason, the Humboldtian idea of culture, and the technological idea of excellence. The article reviews these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Educational Change, Adoption (Ideas)
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Peters, Michael A. – Policy Futures in Education, 2009
This article argues that personalized learning has emerged in the last decade as a special instance of a more generalized response to the problem of the reorganization of the State in response to globalization and the end of the effectiveness of the industrial mass production model in the delivery of public services. The article examines…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Foreign Countries, Individualized Instruction, Models
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Catherall, Paul – Policy Futures in Education, 2008
This article examines the broad scope of systemised learning (e-learning) in post-statutory education. Issues for discussion include the origins and forms of learning systems, including technical and educational concepts and approaches, such as distributed and collaborative learning. The VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) is defined as the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Libraries, Educational Environment, Educational Technology
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Batterbury, Simon – Policy Futures in Education, 2008
This article offers a critical perspective on the academic tenure system in the USA. Academic tenure is most frequently defended for the protection it affords freedom of speech in higher education, and it is attacked for its cost and lack of flexibility in a rapidly changing sector. The paper makes a third argument, that tenure sustains an…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Higher Education, Tenure, Freedom of Speech
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