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Practitioners' perception of the gap between the rhetoric of Moser committee SFL recommendations and the reality of policy implementation

Practitioners' perception of the gap between the rhetoric of Moser committee SFL recommendations and the reality of policy implementation

Ade-Ojo, Gordon (2012) Practitioners' perception of the gap between the rhetoric of Moser committee SFL recommendations and the reality of policy implementation. European Journal of Education and Educational Psychology (EJEEP), 1 (1). pp. 37-53. ISSN 1986-3853 (Print), 1986-3861 (Online)

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Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a study which sought to explore the gap between the rhetoric of the Skills for Life (SfL) policy and the reality of implementation from the view point of practitioners. The study assumes the position that an analysis of policy implementation is most fruitful if it took into account varying views as advocated by the post-modernist/behavioural paradigm of implementation gap analysis. Data were collected through the use of a questionnaire supported by a focus group interview from a convenience group of trainee specialist SfL teachers. The study found that practitioners predominantly held the view that there were gaps between the SfL policy elements and the reality of their implementation. It concluded that among several possible reasons for the observed gap, the absence of meaning makers between policy makers and policy implementation might be one of the most significant. The study, therefore, advocated for policy makers to endeavour to include meaning makers in the process of policy making.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy, implementation, gap, SfL, meaning makers, structural, behaviourist and political paradigms
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Lifelong Learning & Teacher Education
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:21
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8314

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