EDUCATION POLICY SIG
The Education Policy SIG has been established to provide a space in which researchers with diverse ideologies, commitments and obligations can engage in reasoned debate about education policy, broadly defined.
It will encourage vibrant theoretically and empirically informed analyses of education policy and persuade beginning education researchers that education policy is an exciting area of scholarly endeavour. The Education Policy SIG is in the fortunate position of having a number of senior scholars who can (a) mentor beginning researchers and (b) link with established education policy research networks internationally. The diversity of membership will promote greater understandings of education policy by bringing together researchers from central government, tertiary, professional and community sectors.
Since its inception, NZARE has had a strong education policy scholarship presence. NZARE policy scholars have established significant international reputations with their critical analyses of the theoretical foundations of education reforms and structural adjustment programmes. Similarly, since the 1990s there have been various influential independent empirical studies, some longitudinal, of education policy effects undertaken by researchers in tertiary institutions, non-government organisations, professional associations and the private sector. In the last decade systematic literature reviews and centrally funded evaluations of specific policy initiatives have contributed to our understandings of how education policy influences personal and collective experiences of education, as have reports from various education Crown entities. Most recently, education trusts and ginger groups have taken a prominent role in shaping and funding education policy research. Despite the diversity of research foci and methodologies employed by researchers, the workings of the education policy process and its practical effects remain hotly contested among researchers in this country, while professional and public debate is rarely informed by sound education policy research findings.
For profile of some of our Policy SIG members see below.
AIMS AND ENDS IN EDUCATION
A one-day conference with Educational Ideas SIG, Monday 29 August, For more information click here
WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE NZARE CONFERENCE?
There will be an informal meeting of the Education Policy Special Interest Group on either Monday 21 or Tuesday 22 November Lunchtime. All delegates with an interest in educational policy are welcome to attend. The date and venue will be announced later.
If you are not currently a member then contact email@example.com to find out how you join.
The Education Policy SIG convenors for 2016 is
Richard Smith (Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi)