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Education policy: process, themes and impact

Education policy: process, themes and impact

Bell, Les, 1942-; Stevenson, Howard, 1963-

Education policy is high on the agenda of governments across the world, as global pressures focus increasing attention on its outcomes and implications for economic prosperity. This work makes connections and links to how this policy is formed and how it affects schools and colleges. The study of educational leadership makes little sense unless it is in relation to who the leaders are, how they are leading, what is being led, and with what effect. Based on the premise that learning is at the heart of leadership and that leaders themselves should be learners, the Leadership for Learning series explores the connections between educational leadership, policy, curriculum, human resources and accountability. Each book in the series approaches its subject matter through a three-fold structure of process, themes and impact. Series Editors - Clive Dimmock, Mark Brundrett and Les Bell As global pressures focus increasing attention on the outcomes of education policy and on their implications for economic prosperity and social citizenship, the experience of each individual learner is decisively shaped by the wider policy environment. However, there is often an underdeveloped understanding of how education policy is formed, what drives it and how it impacts on schools and colleges. This book explicitly makes these connections and links them to the wider challenges of educational leadership in a modern context. Education Policy is divided into three sections, which examine: the development of policy at the levels of the nation state and individual institutions the forces that shape policies with emphasis on human capital theory, citizenship and social justice and accountability research-based case studies highlighting the application of policy in a range of situations. The book provides a valuable resource for students, practitioners, middle managers and educational leaders in all sectors, both in the UK and internationally, who are engaged on masters and doctoral degrees, or undertaking leadership training and preparation programmes

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Published London: Routledge, 2006
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Statement of responsibility: Les Bell and Howard Stevenson
ISBN: 1134183852, 9781134183852
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xv, 192 p.
Series: Leadership for learning (Routledge (Firm))
Subject: Education; Education and state.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Leadership for learning (Routledge (Firm))
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780415377713


  1. Part 1: Educational policy considered
  2. What is educational policy?
  3. Models of policy development
  4. Part 2: Themes in educational policy
  5. Autonomy and choice
  6. Equity and economy
  7. Citizenship and identity
  8. Part 3: The impact of educational policy
  9. Policy, strategy and leadership
  10. Autonomy and choice: the development of site-based management
  11. Reconciling equity and economy: a case-study of Education Action Zones in England
  12. Citizenship and identity: cultural pluralism and school leadership
  13. Conclusion; Educational policy re-considered

Author note

Les Bell is Professor of Education and Director of the Doctorate of Education programme. Howard Stevenson is a lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management. Both are based at the Centre for Educational Leadership and Management, University of Leicester.