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The evaluation of research activities at private universities: Present and future according to the CONEAU speech
Laura Andrea Bustamante
This paper discusses how research is evaluated in private institutions of higher education. From the perspective of the production of scientific knowledge, institutional evaluation policy, as implemented by the National Commission for University Evaluation and Accreditation (CONEAU), has influenced the way we perceive research within universities. In this context it is pertinent to ask: What...

Democracy in Uruguay: Body education and leisure in the “New Model of Physical Education” (1985-1990)
Cecilia Seré Quintero, Alexandre Fernandez Vaz
This article revisits formal Physical Education programs in the democratization process after the last civic-military dictatorship in Uruguay (1973-1985). We explore the “New Model of Physical Education” proposed by the National Commission of Physical Education in 1986 and at the same time the relation between body and modern politics. Studying recreational programs between 1985 and 1990 we...

Multiple choice: How public school leaders in New Orleans's saturated market view private school competitors
Huriya Jabbar, Dongmei Li
School choice policies, such as charter schools and vouchers, are in part designed to induce competition between schools. While several studies have examined the impact of private school competition on public schools, few studies have explored school leaders’ perceptions of private school competitors. This study examines the extent to which public school leaders in New Orleans, which already...

Knowledge banking in global education policy: A bibliometric analysis of World Bank publications on public-private partnerships
Francine Menashy, Robyn Read
As a leading mobilizer of international development and educational knowledge, the World Bank has been critiqued in two key areas: (1) the dominance of economic thinking in its policies, and (2) its Northern-generated knowledge which informs its work in the Global South. In this paper, we investigate the disciplinary foundation of Bank knowledge, as well as its geographic representation. This...

Smart money? Philanthropic and federal funding for the Common Core
Mindy L. Kornhaber, Nikolaus J. Barkauskas, Kelly M. Griffith
The Common Core State Standards Initiative seeks to prepare all students to graduate high school without remedial needs, to improve transparency across states’ accountability systems, and to foster efficiencies in the development and distribution of educational resources. The reform was adopted in more than 40 states and has been described as state-led. We examined federal and philanthropic...

Accessibility in the realities of everyday life: Social Pedagogy in the construction of the right to inclusive education
Rita Gradaille Pernas, José Antonio Caride Gómez
Human Rights represents a common framework for the development of communities and individuals in conditions of freedom, justice and equality; therefore, it is necessary to implement strategies —from Education-Social Pedagogy— that promote greater accessibility in the exercise of this right to education. This accessiblity ensures —putting emphasis on an expanded vision of education— the same...

The EDUCO program, impact evaluations, and the political economy of global education reform
D. Brent Edwards, Jr., Claudia Elizabeth Loucel Urquilla
During the 1990s and 2000s, a policy known as Education with Community Participation (EDUCO) not only became the cornerstone of education reform in El Salvador but also became a global education policy, one which is known for decentralizing to rural families the responsibility for hiring and firing teachers. As is shown in this paper, its rise to fame was not only a product of the particular...

Seeing through transparency in education reform: Illuminating the “local”
Jill Koyama, Brian Kania
Utilizing “assemblage,” a notion associated with Actor-Network Theory (ANT), we explore what discourses of transparency can, and cannot, accomplish in a network of education reform that includes schools, government agencies, and community organizations. Drawing on data collected between July 2011 and March 2013 in an ethnographically-informed case study, we interrogate the ways in which...

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