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Educational Policy - JSM685
Title: Educational Policy
Guaranteed by: Department of Public and Social Policy (23-KVSP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 8
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (12)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: cancelled
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information: http://dl1.cuni.cz/enrol/index.php?id=4506
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: doc. Jan Kohoutek, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Interchangeability : JSM739
Is incompatible with: JSM781
Examination dates   Schedule   Noticeboard   
Annotation
This graduate course will examine how education policy is analyzed, designed and implemented. The emphasis will be given upon analysis of education policies, including relevant policy processes and outcomes. The course will cover topics of education policy actors, institutions, processes well as measuring educational outcomes in a comparative perspective. Also, specific attention will be paid to the analysis of educational policy tools and the nature of effective and fair educational policies. Overall, the focus of the course will be upon basic, secondary as well as higher (tertiary) education.
Important note: the course will, geographically, focus on Europe and European educational policy issues.
Last update: Kohoutek Jan, doc., Ph.D. (10.02.2020)
Aim of the course

This course is designed to help students develop analytical skills and acquire knowledge about the educational policies, policy processes, actors, structures, measures and policy outcomes.  After completion of this course, students should be able to:

1.      To get to know the basic components of educational policies, including their design, tools, processes, effects and context.

2.      To formulate and persuasively argue what the core problems of present-day educational polices are.

3.      To learn how educational policy outcomes can be assessed in a comparative way and apply this knowledge in analyzing results of international educational surveys.

4.      To critically and creatively analyze effects of various facets of educational policies.

Last update: Kohoutek Jan, doc., Ph.D. (03.02.2017)
Literature

MANDATORY READING:

Flandry, C. My Goodbye to Teaching: Why I Left the Profession I Was Called to. Available at: https://www.idahoednews.org/top-news/my-goodbye-to-teaching-why-i-left-the-profession-i-was-called-to/ (fulltext also on the Moodle course site)

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

Barber, M. & Mourshed, M. 2007. How the World’s Best-Performing School. Systems Come Out on Top. London: McKinsey & Company.

De Wit, H. 2006. ‘European integration in higher education’, in J.J. Forest and P.G. Altbach (Eds.) International Handbook of Higher Education, pp. 461-482. Dordrecht: Springer.

Harvey, L. 1999. Quality in Higher Education. Paper presented at the Swedish Quality Conference, Gothenburg, November 1999.

OECD. 2013a. PISA 2012 Results: What Students Know and Can do: Student Performance in Mathematics, Reading and Science (Volume I). Paris: OECD. Available at: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-volume-I.pdf

OECD. 2013b. PISA 2012 Results: Excellence Through Equity: Giving Every Student the Chance to Succeed (Volume II). Paris: OECD. Available at: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-volume-II.pdf

OECD. 2013c. PISA 2012 Results: Ready to Learn: Students' Engagement, Drive and Self-Beliefs. Available at: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-volume-III.pdf

Taylor, S., Rizvi, F., Lingard, B., & Henry, M. 1997. Educational Policy and the Politics of Change. London: Routledge. Chapters 1 and 2.

Trow, M. 2006. ‘Reflections on the transition from elite to mass to universal access: Forms and phases of higher education in modern societies since World War II’, in J.J. Forest and P.G. Altbach (Eds.) International Handbook of Higher Education, pp. 243-280. Dordrecht: Springer.

Veselý, A. 2012. A conceptual framework for comparison of educational policies. KEDI Journal of Educational Policy. 9(2), 323-347.

Whelan, F. 2009. Lessons Learned: How Good Policies Produce Better Schools. London: Fenton Whelan.

Last update: Kohoutek Jan, doc., Ph.D. (04.09.2023)
Requirements to the exam

Requirements for Assessment and Grading

The course requirements include three assignments and the final test (for more detail see the course syllabus).

 

Course Grading

Course grades will be determined as follows, based on the number of points obtained in the assignments and in the final test:

-          Assignment one: max. 10 points

-          Assignment two: max. 30 points

-          Assignment three: max. 15 points

-          Final, written test: max. 45 points

Total points max: 100

POINTS             GRADES

100-91              A

90-81                B

80-71                C

70-61                D

60-51                E

50 and less     F (fail)

Last update: Kohoutek Jan, doc., Ph.D. (04.09.2023)
Syllabus -

Course Code:

JSM685

Guarantor:

Jan Kohoutek, PhD.

Instructor:

Jan Kohoutek, PhD.

Scope:

1/1

Schedule:

Tuition: Thursdays, 9.30-12.00 in blocs: 5.10., 19.10., 2.11., 16.11., 30.11., 14.12. (every other week, 6 blocks in semester)

Room:

C121 (maximum capacity: 15 students)

Dates of tuition:

5.10., 19.10., 2.11., 16.11., 30.11., 14.12.

Credits:

6

Semester:

Winter

Examination:

Exam

Organization:

Department of Public and Social Policy, Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University, Prague

Course internal website (Moodle):

http://dl1.cuni.cz/enrol/index.php?id=4506

 

Nature and Purpose of the Course

This graduate course will examine how education policy is analyzed, designed and implemented. The emphasis will be given upon empirical analysis of education policies, and their outcomes, in a comparative perspective. The course will cover topics including but not limited to measuring educational outcomes in comparative perspective, analysis of educational policy tools and the nature of effective and fair educational policies. The focus of the course will be upon basic, secondary as well as higher (tertiary) education.

NW: The focus of the course is on European educational systems and policies, global educational policies will be dealt with only selectively. 

 

Objectives

This course is designed to help students develop analytical skills and acquire knowledge about the educational policies, policy processes, actors, structures, measures and policy outcomes.  After completion of this course, students should be able to:

1.      To get to know the basic components of educational policies, including their design, tools, processes, effects and context.

2.      To formulate and persuasively argue what the core problems of present-day educational polices are.

3.      To learn how educational policy outcomes can be assessed in a comparative way and apply this knowledge in analyzing results of international educational surveys.

4.      To critically and creatively analyze effects of various facets of educational policies.

 

Class participation

Students are expected to attend the sessions and be fully prepared to participate in session discussions and all activities.

Course requirements

The course requirements include three assignments and the final test (for more detail see the course syllabus).

 

Course assignments in more detail:

There are three assignments in the course plus the final, written test.

Assignment one: Presentation introducing a selected salient, important or unique feature of an educational system in a concrete country/state of . The choice of the feature is up to a student according to his/her interest (e.g.  presentation of a new strategy on educational development; presentation of teacher training programmes (structure, graduation requirements …), presentation of statistics on incoming/outgoing student mobility in higher education …). Students are expected to present a selected feature in class. The presentation should be in PowerPoint (uploaded to the Moodle course page) and should be made in class. Length of presentation: max. 10 minutes. Assessment criteria: relevance, informativity, specificity, overall added value.

Maximum number of points: 10

Assignment two: In-class analysis of a selected educational policy problem. The analysis should typically include identification of actors, institutions, and instruments involved.  The analysis should also present formulation of possible solutions to the problem and give reasons for their justification. There are three problems: regional disparity in education attainment, socio-economic inequality in access to higher education, assuring quality of primary education. Only one of these problems will be selected by a course teacher for analysis by students in class. More information on the problem will be given by a course teacher at the start of the assignment. Based on the information given, students are supposed to write their own analysis in class (no home assignment). Assessment criteria: breath of analysis, depth of analysis, relevance of solutions, sophistication of solutions, lucidity and persuasiveness of argumentation.

Maximum number of points: 30

Assignment three: Active participation in a class debate on the essay “My Goodbye to Teaching”. The students are expected to read the text of the essay at home (for the fulltext, see the Moodle course website). Next, students are expected to actively participate in an in-class debate on the essay. The topics to be debated include – but are not limited to – motivations to become a teacher, teacher expectations, challenges of classroom management, teachers’ work-life balance etc. Assessment criteria: activity in participation, originality of views, feasibility of ideas, relevance of suggestions.

Maximum number of points: 15

 

The course will be finalized by a written test verifying students’ knowledge of the lecture content. Maximum number of points: 45.

More specific assignment instructions will be available in the Moodle course website.

PPT presentations for assignment one have to be uploaded to the Moodle course website by a given deadline.

 

Grading

Course grades will be determined as follows, based on the number of points obtained in the assignments and in the final test:

-          Assignment one: max. 10 points

-          Assignment two: max. 30 points

-          Assignment three: max. 15 points

-          Final, written test: max. 45 points

Total points max: 100

NUMBER OF POINTS

GRADING

100-91

A

90-81

B

80-71

C

70-61

D

60-51

E

50 and less

F (Fail)

Course website in Moodle

Course activities will be handled mostly via the Moodle website (http://dl1.cuni.cz/enrol/index.php?id=4506). To log in to the course, you must be registered for Charles University Authentication Service (CAS, more info here: https://ldap1.cuni.cz/language/switch?lang=en). To register for CAS, you must have a username and password that are obtained through the issue of the Charles University identity card. After accessing the course for the first time, please enroll into it as a student.

 

Overview of Course Topics

1.      Educational Policy: Introduction, Definitions and the Conceptual Framework

-          What is policy in general and educational policy in particular;

-          Functions of education;

-          Conceptual framework of educational policy;

-          Governance of education: education system structure, actors and management.

2.      Educational Processes

-          Levels of educational policy: country, region, school, classroom and individual;

-          Characteristics of effective and less effective schools;

-          The role of teachers;

-          The role of principals.

3.      Measuring Educational Outcomes and Effects in Comparative Perspective

-          PISA, TIMSS and other surveys;

-          Methodology of comparative surveys;

-          Results and trends;

-          Other indicators of educational performance.

4.      Making an Educational Reform: Roleplay simulation

-          Division into 4 teams (minister, reform team 1, reform team 2, reform team 3, possibly also a lone-wolf role (educational lobbyist/adviser)

5.      Education Policy Tools and Their Effects

-          Taxonomy of education policy tools.

-          Evaluation and testing;

-          Different typologies of instruments;

-          Effects of different instruments.

6. Higher Education Policy

-    Universities: history, basic institutional characteristics;

-    Enrolments in higher education;

-     Internationalization of higher education;

-     Governance of higher education;

-     Quality assurance of higher education;

-     Supra-national policy-making processes (Bologna process, Copenhagen process).

 

Course schedule

Date

Session

Assignments

Student activities

5.10.

Introduction. Topic 1

None

 

19.10.

Topic 2

Assignment 1

In-class presentations

2.11.

Topic 3

None

 

16.11.

Topic 4

None

 

30.11.

Topic 5

Assignment 2

In-class analysis

14.12.

Topic 6

Assignment 3

In-class debate

 

Mandatory reading:

Flandry, C. My Goodbye to Teaching: Why I Left the Profession I Was Called to. Available at: https://www.idahoednews.org/top-news/my-goodbye-to-teaching-why-i-left-the-profession-i-was-called-to/ (fulltext also on the Moodle course site)

Recommended Readings:

Barber, M. & Mourshed, M. 2007. How the World’s Best-Performing School. Systems Come Out on Top. London: McKinsey & Company.

De Wit, H. 2006. ‘European integration in higher education’, in J.J. Forest and P.G. Altbach (Eds.) International Handbook of Higher Education, pp. 461-482. Dordrecht: Springer.

Harvey, L. 1999. Quality in Higher Education. Paper presented at the Swedish Quality Conference, Gothenburg, November 1999.

OECD. Education at a Glance. https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/education-at-a-glance_19991487

OECD. 2013a. PISA 2012 Results: What Students Know and Can do: Student Performance in Mathematics, Reading and Science (Volume I). Paris: OECD. Available at: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-volume-I.pdf

OECD. 2013b. PISA 2012 Results: Excellence Through Equity: Giving Every Student the Chance to Succeed (Volume II). Paris: OECD. Available at: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-volume-II.pdf

OECD. 2013c. PISA 2012 Results: Ready to Learn: Students' Engagement, Drive and Self-Beliefs. Available at: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-volume-III.pdf

Taylor, S., Rizvi, F., Lingard, B., & Henry, M. 1997. Educational Policy and the Politics of Change. London: Routledge. Chapters 1 and 2.

Trow, M. 2006. ‘Reflections on the transition from elite to mass to universal access: Forms and phases of higher education in modern societies since World War II’, in J.J. Forest and P.G. Altbach (Eds.) International Handbook of Higher Education, pp. 243-280. Dordrecht: Springer.

Veselý, A. 2012. A conceptual framework for comparison of educational policies. KEDI Journal of Educational Policy. 9(2), 323-347.

Whelan, F. 2009. Lessons Learned: How Good Policies Produce Better Schools. London: Fenton Whelan.

 

Contact:

Jan Kohoutek, PhD.

E-mail: jan.kohoutek@fsv.cuni.cz

Consultations by appointment via the contact e-mail

Last update: Kohoutek Jan, doc., Ph.D. (12.09.2023)
 
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