Education Policy

The focus of this research group is national educational policymaking set within a global context, and how this shapes and influences education and its enactment. 

We examine the relationship between educational policymaking and enactment, including the various factors which mediate this process, in different national, regional and local contexts, cultures and circumstances. In this, we seek to understand education, continuity and change from a critical social perspective, particularly: 

  • the historical and cultural construction of contemporary educational formations,
  • the relationship between educational policymaking and enactment, including the various factors which mediate this process,
  • and how education policy and politics is shaped by power relations, based in class, gender, ethnicity and other social divisions.

We welcome new members and proposals for developing research collaborations.

Postgraduate opportunities

There are many doctoral and masters degree opportunities in education policy for students at Plymouth Institute of Education, and we particularly welcome enquiries and applications in these areas. 

Please look at the relevant programme pages. Informal enquiries can be addressed to any of the members of this group.

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