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d'Agnese, Vasco – Policy Futures in Education, 2020
Over the past decades, a neoliberal shift in educational policies has affected educational purposes and schooling practices worldwide and has reframed all of the features of education. From curriculum to teaching methods, from families and students' perceptions regarding what is worthwhile and what is not to teachers' professionalism, all aspects…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Philosophy, Neoliberalism, Professionalism
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Klees, Steven J. – Policy Futures in Education, 2020
Education within capitalism too often reproduces social and economic inequalities. Schools are depicted as failing and teachers are blamed. In this paper, I examine the discourses underlying this situation and the role of foundations in the US and the World Bank in developing countries in maintaining it. I look at the neoliberal remedy of…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Neoliberalism, Social Differences, Discourse Analysis
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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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Alerby, Eva – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
In this paper, it is my intention to not only explore the notions and significance of places for silence in education today, but also to develop insights into diverse understandings of silence -- such as aspects of power in silence and issues of silent students -- to inform school practices and educational policy. The discussion will be…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Acoustics, Educational Practices, Playgrounds
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Heraud, Richard; Gibbons, Andrew; Breen, Gregory; Deerness, Stuart; Gilligan, Mary-Jo; Denton, Andrew – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article explores the ideological drivers behind learning environment discourses with a particular focus on the built environment and the ways in which the built environment narrates explicit and implicit ideology. The built environment reinforces ways of thinking in the day-to-day ordinary activities of the school space. However, it is…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Physical Environment, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Design
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Alerby, Eva; Arndt, Sonja; Westman, Susanne – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
The aim of this paper is to challenge the physical and conceptual boundaries of educational places and spaces with the use of metaphor: the story of Professor Kirke's magic wardrobe in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (1950). By explicating and theorising the concerns that…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Figurative Language, Literature
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Hart, Caroline Sarojini – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This paper offers a critical examination of the nature of inequalities in relation to education and the pursuit of social justice. It argues that assessment of educational resources and measures such as school enrolment and educational achievement are limited in what they tell us about the injustices learners may experience. It is proposed that,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Social Justice, Academic Achievement, Freedom
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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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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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Ure, Odd B. – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article investigates what is claimed to be a shift towards national and European education systems based on Learning Outcomes (LO). We propose to delineate LO into three instruments (pedagogical, policy and organisational). When LO are related to a pedagogical debate, they can easily be positioned to constructivist learning theories in which…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Policy, Constructivism (Learning)
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Nordin, Andreas; Wahlström, Ninni – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
In this article, we analyse key policy documents on teacher quality produced by the OECD and the EU during the period 2005 to 2017 using an educational connoisseurship and criticism approach. The purpose of this article is to explore how Eisner's concepts of educational connoisseurship and educational criticism can be understood and used to…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Teacher Competencies, Criticism, Educational Quality
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Bingham, Andrea J.; Burch, Patricia – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
For years, policy implementation scholars have recognized the trend of school improvement policies converging on public schools in such a way that these policies create a paradox -- policies aimed at school improvement have often been represented as in such a state of incoherence, that they have been unmanageable. This convergence of reforms asks…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Change Strategies
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Bagwasi, Mompoloki Mmangaka – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Botswana's education system, like many other African systems, is greatly influenced by western educational ideas and models. This article reviews Botswana's education system by examining the policies, models and ideas that have influenced its development. Specifically, the review involves tracing the development of the education system of Botswana…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Models
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Pevzner, Mikhail; Rakhkochkine, Anatoli; Shirin, Alexander; Shaydorova, Natalia – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Whereas Russian universities have mostly adopted the paradigm of internationalization in higher education that is now widespread in Europe and worldwide, the internationalization of schools in Russia is more complex and ambiguous. This article addresses the questions about the main characteristics of the internationalization of schools in Russia…
Descriptors: International Education, Higher Education, International Schools, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lubienski, Christopher – Policy Futures in Education, 2018
This paper reviews a number of approaches to considering how policy transfers through advocacy networks, focusing on education issues in general, and market-based policies in particular. While policymakers and private funders are demanding evidence on the effectiveness of proposed interventions in education, it is not at all clear that they…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Advocacy, Networks, Evidence
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