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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2000): Education - Overseas

APPRAISAL: THE IMPACT OF INCREASED CONTROL ON THE "STATE OF PLAY" IN NEW ZEALAND SCHOOLS

E. Piggot-Irvine

Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 38, 2000, p. 331-349

Results of a longitudinal study show that, in New Zealand schools, concerns about increased accountability in appraisal leading to negative impacts cannot be strongly supported. Apart from some areas of inconsistent adoption and mixed reception, the tightening of accountability has had a considerable positive impact on almost all aspects of appraisal. In particular, it has provided clarity and enhanced implementation.

AWAY WITH ALL TEACHERS: THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF HOME SCHOOLING

M. W. Apple

International Studies in Sociology of Education, vol. 10, 2000, p. 61-80

The growing movement towards home schooling in the US is largely supported by religious fundamentalists who wish to protect their children from secular influences. Article argues that its effects may be negative in that it will increase the segmentation of society into self-contained groups that do not interact with each other and may also deepen the deprivation of already marginalised groups by eroding the tax base that funds public services.

EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL POLICY ON SHIFTING SAND?

W. Wielemans

European Journal for Education Law and Policy, vol. 4, 2000, p. 21-34

Presents a comparison of the educational policies of the 15 European Union states. Focuses on how education policy making is structured at the national level and the relationship between central government and local educational institutions.

A FRESH START I. EDUCATION RIGHTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

R. Malherbe

European Journal for Education Law and Policy, vol. 4, 2000, p. 49-55

As background, the education rights protected by section 32 of the interim constitution and the case law that arose from the provision are discussed. Section 29 of the 1996 Constitution is then discussed with reference to the right to basic and further education, the right to education in the language of one's choice and the right to private education.

INTERNATIONALIZATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE: TOWARDS WORLDWIDE ACCREDITATION?

D. Van Damme

European Journal for Education Law and Policy, vol. 4, 2000, p. 1-20

Paper explores how internationalisation of higher education and quality assurance are to be integrated. Presents an overview of forms and characteristics of internationalisation which shows that these have developed without much concern for quality. Proposes that these issues be addressed through the development of mutual accreditation networks in which institutions award recognition and validation of each others education on the basis of quality assurance procedures.

TEACHER EDUCATION AND REFORM IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN

N. Ota

International Studies in Sociology of Education, vol. 10, 2000, p. 43-59

As in the UK and the US, Japan is moving to a situation where the provision of teachers, their education and training, and indeed the universities themselves are becoming controlled and managed centrally by the state. Article aims to describe the general framework of the teacher training system and its recent reform, which is part of the general restructuring of higher education currently in progress.

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