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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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Bruckner, Heide K.; Kowasch, Matthias – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article critiques the way the topic of meat and its consumption is addressed in geography education within the remit of education for sustainable development (ESD). We argue that current approaches perpetuate normative food discourse by: (a) framing participation in the food system solely in terms of consumption; (b) simplifying and…
Descriptors: Eating Habits, Animals, Food, Geography Instruction
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Mayes, Eve – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article conceptualizes the materialities of school governance council meetings. A concern for the material a/effects of spatial positioning emerged during a participatory action research project concerned with secondary school students' sense of the benefits and challenges of student representation on school councils. Attending to affective,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Boards of Education, School Councils, Student Participation
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Pham, Lien – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This paper offers a conceptual framework that combines Sen's concept of capability and Bourdieu's forms of capital to understand the generative mechanisms of educational advantage or disadvantage. The paper illustrates some ways that the Sen-Bourdieu framework can be applied to understand the Programme for International Student Assessment 2015…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Secondary School Students
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Rodgers Gibson, Morgan – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Neoliberalism is often understood as being both an epoch of capitalism and a zealous ideological commitment to the primacy of private property and free markets. In practice, it has tended towards mobilising state power in the interests of capital, remaking societies and individuals in this process. Perhaps inevitably, education systems, the world…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Secondary Schools, Educational History, Foreign Countries
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Volante, Louis; Klinger, Don A.; Siegel, Melissa; Yahia, Leena – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Results of international achievement surveys such as the Programme in International Student Assessment have consistently reported an achievement gap between immigrant and non-immigrant student populations around the world. This paper unpacks this persistent achievement gap by examining key characteristics that influence the performance of first-…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Immigrants, Achievement Gap
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Sousa, Diana; Grey, Sue; Oxley, Laura – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has a key role in driving educational discourse and global educational governance. Its comparative 'Programme of International School Assessment' (PISA) has explicitly linked the knowledge and skills of young people with the economic potential of countries. Through the International…
Descriptors: Comparative Testing, International Assessment, Early Childhood Education, Democracy
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Skerritt, Craig – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
A post-structural approach to exploring identity is taken in this paper in that identity is considered here as being socially constructed through discourse, which has deep implications for the shaping of subjectivity and practice. Given both the potential academisation and Anglicisation of Irish schools, and the additional re-drawing of what…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Teacher Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism
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Auld, Euan; Morris, Paul – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Educational institutions have been among the most active social organisations responding to and facilitating processes associated with globalisation. This has primarily been undertaken through the attempts of schools and universities to 'internationalise' their student intake, staffing, curricula, research, and assessment systems. Amongst the many…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, International Assessment