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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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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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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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Campbell, Coral; Speldewinde, Christopher – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Bush kindergartens are a new practice in the Australian early childhood learning context and one that is rapidly becoming part of the kindergarten experience. Children leaving the confines of the bounded space of a kindergarten has been practised through excursions to outdoor places like zoos but the notion of conducting regular, ongoing…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Outdoor Education, Educational Policy, Learning Experience
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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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Van Aswegen, Jennifer; Shevlin, Michael – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Responding to the special issue call "Capital and Capability," this paper undertakes a critical policy analysis of a recently published Irish labour market activation strategy for people with disabilities through a discourse analytical framework. Drawing on a disability studies lens informed by Foucault's theory of discourse, the study…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Neoliberalism, Educational Philosophy, Disabilities
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Harvey, Andrew; Mallman, Mark – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This paper explores the experiences of new migrants in Australian higher education, based on interviews conducted across two regional university campuses in 2017. New migrants, particularly from refugee backgrounds, often have limited university access and face specific challenges throughout and beyond their university experiences.…
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, Migrants, Higher Education, College Students
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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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Nolan, Andrea; Lamb, Stephen – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
With the importance of the early years of a child's life to their learning and development, it is important that early childhood educators are skilled, reflective professionals who have the ability to actively support the learning of all children. Using a capability approach to human development as an evaluative framework, this article explores…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Student Diversity
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Lin, Pei-Ying; Lin, Yu-Cheng – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
Over the decades, it is evident that exceptional learners have been excluded from participating in international assessments such as OECD's PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) due to their disabilities. Drawing on the interdisciplinary theories and perspectives of educational assessment, measurement, and early childhood special…
Descriptors: International Assessment, Early Childhood Education, Disabilities, Educational Assessment
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Roberts-Holmes, Guy – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article examines why the government in England has signed the country up to taking part in the OECD's new international assessment known as The International Early Learning and Well-being Study (IELS). The article highlights the role of IELS as a technology of neoliberal governance. Looking forward it considers how IELS may open up new…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, International Assessment, Commercialization
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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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Urban, Mathias – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
In this article, I discuss the International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study (IELS), which is currently being rolled out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. I summarise the development of IELS and the critique that has been voiced by early childhood scholars, professionals and advocates. I then move to an…
Descriptors: International Assessment, Early Childhood Education, Well Being, Testing
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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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Nygreen, Kysa – Policy Futures in Education, 2019
This article presents an exploration of the work of family engagement in a racially- and linguistically-diverse, high-poverty, urban school district in a state of continuous neoliberal reform. Drawing from qualitative research methods, it is argued that family engagement is being reshaped by the imperatives of educational neoliberalization while,…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Educational Change, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship
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