EDUC5658 Education Policy Trends: Global to Local

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit develops the themes of mapping the conceptual terrain of policy, and globalisation and internationalisation. Global trends in education policy (devolution, accountability, privatisation, marketisation, school choice, curriculum, international education) are also covered. This unit also covers other policy domains as identified by student interests, as well as future policy scenarios.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) define 'policy' and discuss its complex and contested nature as an actively negotiated process which extends between the policy intent of central authorities and everyday practices in schools and classrooms; (2) recognise and discuss the growing impact of globalisation and internationalisation on education policy and practices; (3) identify and analyse contemporary education policy trends globally, nationally and locally; (4) examine and assess the changing nature of policy directions in the domains of devolution, accountability, privatisation, marketisation, school choice, funding, curriculum and international education, and critique the implications of these changes for practices in schools and classrooms; (5) critically evaluate future education policy scenarios; and (6) select and apply appropriate conceptual tools to analyse educational policies and practices at global, national, state and local levels, focusing on a policy area of personal interest and relevance.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a group presentation and (2) an essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Lesley Vidovich
Contact hours
2 hours per week for 13 weeks
Texts

Selected readings are available in Course Materials Online.

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