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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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Tudor, Keith; Shaw, Susan – Policy Futures in Education, 2016
This article discusses the interface between health policy and education. Taking as a case example the power that regulatory "responsible authorities" have under the New Zealand "Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003" to define scopes of practice of health professionals, including that of educator, the article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Federal Regulation
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Birenbaum, Menucha; DeLuca, Christopher; Earl, Lorna; Heritage, Margaret; Klenowski, Val; Looney, Anne; Smith, Kari; Timperley, Helen; Volante, Louis; Wyatt-Smith, Claire – Policy Futures in Education, 2015
This paper discusses the emergence of assessment for learning (AfL) across the globe with particular attention given to Western educational jurisdictions. Authors from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, and the USA explain the genesis of AfL, its evolution and impact on school systems, and discuss current trends in policy…
Descriptors: International Education, Trend Analysis, Educational Practices, Educational Policy
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Rata, Elizabeth – Policy Futures in Education, 2014
The article identifies and discusses three stages in the critical policy methodology used in the sociology of education. These are: firstly, employing a political economy theoretical framework that identifies causal links between global forces and local developments; secondly, analysing educational policy within that theoretically conceptualised…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Educational Policy, Political Issues
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McMenamin, Trish – Policy Futures in Education, 2013
In this article I will argue that New Zealand's Special Education 2000 (SE2000) policy demonstrates the way in which seemingly just and fair policies can lead to occurrences of injustice and unfairness towards some of those whom they impact. What this debate turns on is the justice of a policy which takes as its starting point the unquestioned…
Descriptors: Special Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Public Policy
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Thrupp, Martin – Policy Futures in Education, 2013
This article discusses the everyday politics surrounding research on a controversial government policy. The research in question is the Research, Analysis and Insight into National Standards (RAINS) project on National Standards in New Zealand primary schools being undertaken by the author. This three-year study was funded by the New Zealand…
Descriptors: National Standards, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy
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McMaster, Christopher – Policy Futures in Education, 2013
While the chill winds of neoliberalism blow, it seems some cultures are better equipped to weather the storm. The London fog raincoat or the American Levi's denim jacket has left little insulation against the effects of a quarter century of so-called "reforms". New Zealand's Swanndri bush shirt, though not as efficient as the Finnish…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Cultural Influences
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Mutch, Carol – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
In line with international trends, assessment policies and practices have increased in importance in New Zealand over the last two decades. The focus in this article is on examining the contested nature of the development of an assessment culture in New Zealand--one that meets the needs of the government by providing information on school…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Accountability, Foreign Countries, Sustainability
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Zepke, Nick – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
A major challenge facing higher education is balancing two competing discourses. One sees higher education as a place of learning and teaching in academic freedom, a place to enable staff and students to research and learn without restrictions, a place in which to be able to critique the status quo. The other discourse is rooted in neo-liberalism.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Freedom, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries
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Sinkinson, Margaret – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
A key function of health education in New Zealand schools has always been to educate individuals to be responsible and accountable for their own health status. Educational, economic and political stances on what best constitutes effective health education, however, shift over time. The outcome of these shifts is that a multiplicity of disciplines…
Descriptors: Comprehensive School Health Education, Foreign Countries, Influences, Curriculum Development
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Fitzpatrick, Katie – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
Assumptions and interventions about the so-called "obesity epidemic" pervade health and physical education classrooms and national policy agendas in New Zealand, as they do elsewhere in the Western world. In contrast, critical scholars in these subjects advocate an active deconstruction of the tenets and presumptions underpinning public…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Obesity, Physical Activities, Ethnography
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Benade, Leon – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
The revised New Zealand Curriculum became mandatory for use in New Zealand schools in February 2010. The ongoing reform agenda in education in New Zealand since 1989 and elsewhere internationally has had corrosive effects on teacher professionality. State-driven neo-liberal policy and education reforms are deeply damaging to the mental and moral…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Educational Change, Politics of Education
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Mansfield, Janet – Policy Futures in Education, 2005
Economic and cultural globalisation has resulted in particular political ideologies in policy and practice that have created a certain essentialism--a tightened modernist "will to certainty"--which is reinscribed in curricular practices in New Zealand teacher education. At a time when the naming and framing of educational practice in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Educational Change, Global Approach
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Roberts, Peter – Policy Futures in Education, 2004
Over the past decade, "knowledge" has become a key policy buzz-word. This is particularly evident in policy material on education, science and research, where references to the importance of building the "new" knowledge society and economy abound. This article discusses two examples of these new knowledge discourses at work in…
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Global Approach