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Department: Master of Education
Module Description: Policy development, analysis, and implementation of change processes in educational organizations are the substance of this module. It will introduce educators and educational policy-makers and leaders to thinking critically about the art and processes of educational policy-making through the study of theories, research and experiences of others, as well as by reflecting on their own perspectives and beliefs about policy-making and implementation. Learners will understand educational policy-making and implementation from a number of philosophical and practical perspectives, and will be able to articulate and reflect on their own beliefs about educational policy-making and implementation. Further they will be able to offer policy recommendations, evaluate policy efforts and prepare policy briefs for a range of audiences. Particular attention is paid to policy issues and policy making in the UAE and MENA.
Key indicative readings
- Armstrong, D., Armstrong, F. & Barton, L. (2000). Inclusive education: policy, contexts and comparative perspectives. London: David Fulton.
- Burns, A. & Coffin, C. (eds). (2001). Analysing English in a global context. London: Routledge.
- Haddad, W.D. & Demsky, T. (1995). Education policy-planning process: an applied framework [online]. Paris: UNESCO: International Institute for Educational Planning. Open access
- Heck, R.H. (2004). Studying educational and social policy: theoretical concepts and research methods. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- Honig, M. I. (ed.). (2006). New directions in education policy implementation: confronting complexity. New York: State U. of N. Y. Press.
- Chang, G. C. (2006). UNESCO, ED/EPS/2006/PI/3: National education sector development plan: a result-based planning handbook Open access
- Armstrong, D. (1995). Power and partnership in education: parents, children and special education needs. London: Routledge.
- Bottery, M. (1998). Professionals and policy: management strategy in a competitive world. London: Cassell.
- Boyd, W. L. (1999). Paradoxes of educational policy and productivity. Educational Policy, vol. 13(2), pp. 227-250.
- Chapman, D. W., Mahlck, L. O. & Smulders, A. E. M. (1997). From planning to action: government initiatives for improving school level practice. Paris: UNESCO
- Cibulka, J. G. (2001). The changing role of interest groups in education: Nationalization and the new politics of education productivity. Educational Policy, vol. 15(1), pp. 12-40.
- Dalin, P. & Rust, P. (1996). Towards schooling in the 21st century. London: Cassell.
- Demaine, J. (ed.). (2002). Education policy and contemporary politics. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
- Hall, G.E. & Hord, S.M. (2014). Implementing change: patterns, principles, and potholes. 4th edn. USA: Pearson Education.
- Hallak, J. & Caillods, F. (eds). (1995). Educational planning: the international dimension. New York: Garland.
- Heyneman, S. (1997). The quality of education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Journal of Educational Development, vol. 17(4), pp. 449-466. Request this item
- Hoppe, R. (2002). Cultures of public policy problems. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, vol. 4(3), pp. 305-326.
- Howlett, M. & Ramesh, M. (2002). The policy effects of internationalization: a subsystem adjustment analysis of policy change. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, vol. 4(1), pp. 31-50.
- Hymowitz, K. (2006). How welfare reform worked. City Journal, Spring. Request this item
- Johnson, B. L. (2003). Those nagging headaches: perennial issues and tensions in the politics of education field. Educational Administration Quarterly, vol. 39(1), pp. 41-67.
- Leicester, M., Modgil, C. & Modgil, S. (2000). Education, culture and values: systems of education: theories, policies and implicit values. Vol. 1. London: Falmer.
- Nagel, S.S. (ed.). (2002). Handbook of public policy evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- OECD (1997, 1998). Education policy analysis: Education policy analysis: focus on higher education 2005-2006. Paris: Centre for Education Research and Innovation.
- Powell, M. (1999). An analysis of policy implementation in the third world. Aldershot: Ashgate.
- Powers, J. M. & Cookson, P. W. (1999). The politics of school choice research: fact, fiction, and statistics. Educational Policy, vol. 13(1), pp. 104-122.
- Spillane, J.P., Reiser, B.J., & Reimer, T. (2002). Policy implementation and cognition: reframing and refocusing implementation research. Review of Educational Research, vol. 72(3), pp. 387-431.
- Taylor, S., Henry, M., Lingard, B. & Rizvi, F. (1997). Educational policy and politics of change. London: Routledge.
- Whitty, G. (2002). Making sense of education policy. London: Paul Chapman.
- World Bank. (n.d.) The Logframe handbook: a logical framework approach to project cycle management [online]. Washington, DC: The World Bank Open access