Present an overview of the concepts of policy’ and education policy’ in particular. Use relevant readings to further explain and illustrate these concepts.

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1.Present an overview of the concepts of policy’ and education policy’ in particular. Use relevant readings to further explain and illustrate these concepts.
2.Select one education policy area, e.g. performance management. For the policy area that you have selected, overview the origins of current policy in two different countries or education settings. Describe the historical background of the policy in each setting, the significant developments over recent years, and its current content/status.
The lecturer explained how to select the two countries
– Two different countries e.g. between two Muslims countries for example, Saudi Arabia & Iran.
– Or between two non Muslims countries.
– Or between Muslim country and non-Muslim country.
3.Review literature concerned with the selected policy area and two selected settings in order to compare, contrast and critically analyse the policy implementation that has occurred. Draw conclusions about your findings. Include a discussion of the possible future direction that this policy will take and justify your arguments.
. Comprehensive use of relevant literature is expected throughout your work.
Readings – assignment 2
Apple, M. (2004). Creating difference: Neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism and the politics of educational reform. Educational Policy, 18(12), 12-44.
Gunter, H., & Forrester, G. (2009). School leadership and education policy-making in England. Policy Studies, 30(5), 495-511.
Hattie, J. (2009). Horizons and whirlpools: The well travelled pathway of national standards, from http://www.cognitionresearch.org.nz/fullpage.php?type=news&slug=horizons-whirlpools-the-well-travelled-pathway-of-national-standards
Locke, T., Vulliamy, G., Webb, R., & Hill, M. (2005). Being a ‘professional’ school teacher at the beginning of the 21st century: A comparative analysis of primary teacher professionalism in New Zealand and England. Journal of Education Policy, 20(5), 555-581.
Mosen-Lowe, L., Vidovich, L., & Chapman, A. (2009). Students ‘at-risk- policy: Competing social and economic discourses. Journal of Education Policy, 24(4), 461-476.
Smyth, J. (2008). Australia’s great disengagement with public education and social justice in educational leadership. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 40(3), 221-233.
Weaver-Hightower, M. (2008). An ecology metaphor for educational policy analysis: A call to complexity. Educational Researcher, 37(3), 153-167.

References list should be about 20
You should demonstrate the ability to:
•Scope the contents of the essay in an introduction;
•Describe and discuss the concepts of policy and education policy;
•Select on education policy area and overview its historical background and current content;
•Review literature concerned with this policy area and critically analyse the implementation that has occurred; and
•Discuss the possible future direction of the education policy.
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