Education and Public Policy:
3500 word assignment
‘Critically explore an education issue in the context of public policy’.
This will comprise 70 per cent of the final grade.
Deadline for Assignment 2: January 8th, 2021
Which education issue do I wish to explore?
How do I explore it within the context of public policy more generally?
Which of these issues is relevant to my discussion? public sector reform, regulation, accountability, political economy
How do I engage with key issues in inter-sectoral working and/or inter-professional learning? (if applicable)
Types of educational issue
Marketisation, privatisation, consumerism
Equity issues – race, class, gender, sexuality, disability
Governance challenges – resources, funding, school organisation
Autonomy and control –
Professional level concerns – working conditions, discretion, identity, relational issues
policy change – via social movements, political pressures
Role of ideology in educational provision
Examples of assignment titles
Dilemmas of Accountability in Street-Level Bureaucracies:
The Case of [country] Teachers
How have global university rankings impacted higher education?
What are the challenges faced in providing an inclusive education for asylum-seeking and refugee children in [country]?
The [name of education Act] and its impact on  groups in [country]
A critical analysis of teacher performance-related pay applied in [country]
Key issues to remember
Ensure that you clearly define what the education issue is
Make use of literature to support claims – is there sufficient data to explore the topic?
Be measured in your argument- you don’t need to prove anything
Contextualise the education issue in the context of debates in the field of research
Don’t be too parochial – explore the local issue from a global perspective
Most important – adopt a critical stance. Use your own judgement based on evidence and theory to examine the topic
Task for assignment 2
Aim of the assignment
How you will achieve this aim
Content – what sections/are will you cover and in what sequence? (some detail for each)