Food for Thought: "Relationship between Educational Policy and Educational Practice: Dilemmas, Factors and Strategies"


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Presenter:  Dr. Xu Yun

Date: Apr 26, 2017

Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm

Contact person:  LEBA Research
T: 08 8946 6156
E: LEBAResearch@cdu.edu.au

Location:  CDU Casuarina Campus, Blue 5.1.01, Theatre Room

Food for Thought: Building Ideas and Capacity 

"Relationship between Educational Policy and Educational Practice: Dilemmas, Factors and Strategies"

Abstract:

At present, dilemmas always exist in the relationship between educational policy and educational practice. In the meantime, educational policy research still lacks a theoretical tool to analyse the relationship between educational policy and practice. The significance of exploring the relationship between educational policy and practice is twofold: a) it helps to extend the horizon of educational policy research; and b) it helps to improve the practice of policy-making and implementation. Dr Xu’s research has found that the relationship of educational policy and educational practice are facing many dilemma, including: the deviation of policy criteria from policy value orientations, the unbalance of policy tools and demands from practice, the mismatching of policy aims and the distribution of decision making power, the mismatching of distribution of policy interests and what practitioners can get, the mismatching of policy aims and policy practitioners’ abilities. These dilemmas are originated from the contradictions affecting the internal and external factors of the variable group in the process of mutual objectification between educational policy and practice. These contradictions include: the internal elements of educational policy and the affiliated policy design are not well inter-supported; the “top-down” policy implementation mode neglects the adaptive logic of the practitioners; the institutional arrangements are mismatched with the existing institutional environment; at the same time, another important contradiction is the conflicts between the policy innovation and the path dependence as well as between the culture of policy and practice. The mutual objectification between educational policy and practice is influenced by the quality of educational policy-making, by educational policy practitioner and by the existing educational institution and environment. Among them, the quality of educational policy-making is depending on the factors such as policy value orientations, policy aims, policy criteria and policy tools; the adaptive logic of the educational policy practitioners are mutually shaped by interest, ability, habitus and time; And the educational institution and environment comprises educational administration structure, educational resources allocation mode, cultural aspects of educational administration, and natural environment of education.

Dr. Xu Yun

Doctor Xu Yun is Visiting Scholar of School of Education at CDU, Assistant professor of College of Education at Anhui Normal University. He is a member of CSE (The Chinese Society of Education) and executive member of the Council of Chinese Education Policy and Law Research. He received his Ph. D from Beijing Normal University in 2015. He has focused and studied on educational policy for almost 10 years, including policy-making, policy implementation, policy assessment and policy analysis. His recent academic projects including Research on the Local Education Think-tank Participation in Government Decision-making (funded by Government of Anhui Province, 2016), Benefit Evaluation of “West Project” (funded by China Scholarship Council, 2014), Study on Index of Chinese Education Development (funded by Beijing Normal University, 2014). He has participated and hosted more than 10 academic projects, published more than 15 articles and 3 books in area.

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