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Education Policy: Process, Themes and Impact (Leadership by H. Stevenson

By H. Stevenson

The research of academic management makes little experience except it's on the subject of who the leaders are, how they're best, what's being led, and with what impression. in line with the basis that studying is on the center of management and that leaders themselves can be inexperienced persons, the management for studying sequence explores the connections among academic management, coverage, curriculum, human assets and responsibility. every one publication within the sequence techniques its material via a three-fold constitution of technique, subject matters and influence. sequence Editors - Clive Dimmock, Mark Brundrett and Les Bell As worldwide pressures concentration expanding cognizance at the results of schooling coverage and on their implications for financial prosperity and social citizenship, the event of every person learner is decisively formed via the broader coverage atmosphere. in spite of the fact that, there's frequently an underdeveloped figuring out of ways schooling coverage is shaped, what drives it and the way it affects on colleges and faculties. This e-book explicitly makes those connections and hyperlinks them to the broader demanding situations of academic management in a latest context. schooling Policy is divided into 3 sections, which learn: the advance of coverage on the degrees of the state kingdom and person associations the forces that form regulations with emphasis on human capital thought, citizenship and social justice and responsibility research-based case stories highlighting the applying of coverage in a number of occasions. The book provides a helpful source for college kids, practitioners, center managers and academic leaders in all sectors, either within the united kingdom and across the world, who're working on masters and doctoral levels, or venture management education and education programmes.

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Commentators who see little opportunity for those at an institutional level to shape their own policy agendas emphasize the power of external structures. They argue that those working within educational organizations have no more than the most limited capacity to develop internal policy agendas that challenge external influences – quite simply they are overwhelmed by the power of external structures whether it be the inspectorate, the local market context, or more likely, a confluence of Investigating the sites of policy development 35 the two.

Might power be exercised in situations where both A and B appear to pursue the same objectives? These concerns led Lukes to add a third dimension to the developing conception of power in which he argues that A has power over B if A is able to influence B’s thinking in such a way that B wants what A wants. This is not a case of crude brainwashing but rather the subtle and largely systemic way in which individuals’ views about their interests, and indeed their values, are shaped. It highlights the importance of the socio-political environment within which notions of ‘common sense’ (Gramsci 1971) are formed and in which policy is subsequently developed.

Policy can also be thought of as a position or stance developed in response to a problem or issue of conflict, and directed towards a particular objective. (Harman 1984: 13) For Harman, therefore, it is important to recognize that policy is systematic rather than random. It is goal-oriented and it is complex – it is the co-ordination of several courses of action, and not one discrete activity. However, in both Blakemore’s and Harman’s argument the emphasis is on policy as a product – as an outcome.

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