The Two Solitudes of Educational Policy and the Challenge of Development

Stephen J Murgatroyd, Pasi Sahlberg


Policy makers are challenged to improve educational outcomes, manage scarce resources and secure public acceptance of their initiatives to provide quality, relevant and effective education. In making decisions they are pulled between competing ideologies about the process and purposes of schooling. This paper explores these ideologies and suggests tensions between them. The paper also suggests a way forward for those seeking to established evidence based, context sensitive policies and practices


Equity, Policy, Market Choice, Neoliberal, Evidence Based Decisions

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