Understanding education policy: the 'four education orientations' framework

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Analysis of education policy often follows a particular orientation, such as conservative or neo-liberal. Yet, readers are often left to wonder the true meaning and conceptual framing behind these orientations. Without this knowledge, the policy analysis lacks true rigor, its value is diminished as the results may prove difficult to reproduce.Understanding Education Policy provides an overarching framework of four key orientations that lie beneath much policy analysis, yet are rarely used with accuracy: conservative, liberal, critical and post-modern. It details each orientation's application.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages71
ISBN (Electronic)9789400762657, 9400762658
ISBN (Print)9789400762640
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in education
ISSN (Print)2211-1921
ISSN (Electronic)2211-193X


  • education policy
  • sociology
  • CDA


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