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Reinke, Stephanie; Peters, Lacey; Castner, Daniel – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article is a commentary developed by three early childhood teacher educators who are concerned about the negative consequences of contemporary policy trends in the United States. The commentary critically examines the influence of quality improvement in early childhood as it relates to environmental rating systems and the use of teacher…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Early Childhood Education, Futures (of Society)
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Rashid, Radzuwan A. B.; Abdul Rahman, Shireena Basree; Yunus, Kamariah – Policy Futures in Education, 2017
This paper reviews reforms related to English language teaching in the Malaysian education system. It begins by tracing the history of Malaysia as a former British colony which has had significant influences on the status of English in the country. Then, it reviews the key educational reforms which have mainly centred on language policy, thus…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Second Language Instruction
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Franz, Hans-Werner – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
This article explores the manner in which self-assessment in schools can play an integral role in the transformation of schools into learning organisations. The perspective adopted is based upon European experiences and describes and analyses the sociological constructs and bases supporting the process of transformation. (Contains 6 notes and 2…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Stakeholders, Educational Improvement
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Mutch, Carol – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
One of the themes of current school evaluation research and debate is the extent to which it is possible to integrate internal and external evaluation and accountability and improvement. In this article, the author outlines how New Zealand has attempted to reconcile these differing perspectives and aims. New Zealand has a national system of school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Evaluation Research, Institutional Evaluation
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Cabalin, Cristian – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
This article examines the major consequences of the neoliberal education system implemented in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and how two important student movements contested this structure. In 2006 and 2011, thousands of students filled the streets to demand better public education, more social justice and equal opportunities.…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Public Education
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Leask, Marilyn – Policy Futures in Education, 2011
Improving education systems is an elusive goal. Despite considerable investment, international studies such as the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) project of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the McKinsey Report, "How The World's Best Performing Schools Come Out On Top", indicate that improving…
Descriptors: Knowledge Management, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement
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Lockshin, Jeffrey; Zamkov, Oleg – Policy Futures in Education, 2009
A significant amount of attention has been given to the predictors of academic achievement in higher education. However, the vast majority of articles have centred on entrance criteria and the learning approaches or personal habits of students. Investigations into how achievement depends on student efforts, being almost invariably based on…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Assignments, Academic Achievement, Predictor Variables