EDUC5658 Education Policy Trends: Global to Local

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Dr Glenn Savage
Contact hours
4x6 hour sessions held on Saturdays
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-2E_2019]

Selected readings are available in Course Materials Online.

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