UV9408 – Policy Analysis in Education
Responsible NATED Track 4 coordinator
Peter Maassen, Professor, Department of Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo
Invited guest lecturers
Petter Aasen, Rector, Vestfold University College
Hilde Afdal, associate professor, Department of Teacher Education, Østfold University College
Harry de Boer, Senior Research Associate/Research Coordinator, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, The Netherlands
Bjørn Stensaker, Professor, Department of Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo.
Time and place:
19th of September: "Visningsrommet", at Dep. of Education, location Oslo Research Park (map)
20th of September: "Visningsrommet", at Dep. of Education, location Oslo Research Park (map)
Thursday 19 September 2013
09:30 – 10:00 Arrival
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome, self-presentation of participants, and preparation for the first sessions.
10:15 – 11:30 Presentation by Harry de Boer: “What is public policy?”, followed by questions and discussion.
11:30 – 12:45 Presentation by Peter Maassen: “Education policy studies in practice: theoretical and methodological issues”, followed by questions and discussion.
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:45 Presentation by Bjørn Stensaker: ““Policy implementation and policy evaluation”, followed by questions and discussion.
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:15 Presentation by Hilde Afdal: “Politically versus academically anchored policy making processes; teacher education policy in Finland and Norway compared”
16:15 – 17:30 Presentation of student papers, with discussion and feedback
Friday 20 September 2013
09:00 – 10:15 Presentation by Petter Aasen: “Understanding educational policy in practice”, presentation based on the article “Knowledge Regimes and Contradictions in Education Reforms”, (Petter Aasen, Tine Prøitz, and Nina Sandberg), followed by questions and discussion.
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00 Presentation of student papers, with discussion and feedback
12:00 – 12:30 Final discussions; final observations and feedback by Harry de Boer and Peter Maassen
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch
- Analyse the concept of policy in an educational context, with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of the theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of education policy studies. While the emphasis will be on higher education and teacher education, the approaches discussed are of general relevance in educational policy studies.
- Discuss the difference between evidence-based and research-based policy making in education, with the aim to clarify the difference between policy processes relying heavily on political actors and changes in political conditions, versus processes primarily based on academic expertise. Teacher education will be used as an empirical case for illustrating the nature of the differences.
- Examine specific methodological and empirical aspects of the practice of education policy studies.
- Discuss the papers presented by the participants, and provide editorial and scientific feedback.
PhD candidates enrolled in NATED will be given priority, but it is also possible for other PhD candidates to apply for the course.
Candidates admitted to the PhD program at the Faculty of Educational Sciences should apply through Studentweb
Other applicants may apply using registration form
1 credit point for course participation (80 % attendance required).
3 credit points for course participation and submitted paper.
Participating PhD students have two options for paper submissions:
- Produce and present (15 to 20 minutes) a draft paper (max. 15 pages) during the PhD course on 19-20 September, with comments and feedback provided from the course lecturers. Participants who select this option should submit their papers by 13 September.
- Submit a completed paper (max. 15 pages) after the PhD course. Participants who select this option should submit their papers by Monday 14 October.
The paper should address an education policy issue. This can be a paper with a theoretical, conceptual, methodological or empirical focus, and should preferable be related to the author’s PhD project. Please forward your papers to firstname.lastname@example.org.