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Reforming the Japanese preschool system: An ethnographic case study of policy implementation
Akiko Hayashi, Joseph Tobin
This is an ethnographic study of how two Japanese kindergartens are implementing the y ōhoichigenka policy aimed at reforming the Japanese early childhood education system. The cases of these two kindergartens demonstrate what happens when a top-down mandate reaches the level of individual programs. The programs creatively find ways of responding to the reform mandate and to social change...

The physical-chemical concept of matter in Latin American Primary Schools: When and how much is done
Santiago Atrio Cerezo, M. Araceli Calvo Pascual
This paper seeks to identify when and how thoroughly Latin American primary education systems deal with concepts of “matter.” First, an analysis of their presence in the official curricula of 10 Latin American countries is made, as well as the problems identified by experts from different countries. Second, the results of the exploitation of data from the Second Regional Comparative and...

The color of time on the progression of letters: Notes between black and white on the passage from orality to literacy
Cláudia Bechara Fröhlich, Simone Moschen
Based on the experience with literacy teachers from Rio Grande do Sul elementary schools, we aim to make visible an apparently invisible thread between time and passage from orality to literacy. As a way of photographing the school daily life and emphasizing different shades of a non-dictionary registered color, the color of time, we combine this reflection with the time of understanding –...

Stress and academic performance among accounting graduate students in Brazil
Marise Santana de Rezende, Gilberto José Miranda, Janser Moura Pereira, Edgard Bruno Cornacchione Júnior
Postgraduate admission is an important transition in the student’s life, since this period can be understood as a process that involves a series of changes, pressures and changes that require the individual to adapt to the academic context. With this perspective, this research had a general objective: to identify and analyze the relationship between stress and academic performance realized by...

Happiness! I passed the entrance exam, but the college is private: Paradoxes of Brazilian higher education
Annor da Silva Junior, Priscilla de Oliveria Martins-Silva, Katia Cyrlene de Araújo Vasconcelos, Vitor Correa da Silva, Mariana Ramos de Melo
Inspired by Martinho da Vila’s classic samba, this theoretical essay discusses paradoxes of Brazilian higher education. For this, we traced the evolution of higher education from the colonial period to the present. Based on this evolution, we identified the following paradoxes: the boundary between public and private; the role and characteristics of Higher Education Institutions (HEI), in terms...

Education policy research in the big data era: Methodological frontiers, misconceptions, and challenges
Yinying Wang
Despite abundant data and increasing data availability brought by technological advances, there has been very limited education policy studies that have capitalized on big data—characterized by large volume, wide variety, and high velocity. Drawing on the recent progress of using big data in public policy and computational social science research, this commentary discusses how to approach big...

Intellectual properties of the Federal Network of Professional, Scientific and Technological Education
Junior Leal do Prado, Jose Maria Fernandez-Crehuet, Antonio Martins de Oliveira Júnior
The Federal Network of Professional, Scientific and Technological Education (FNPSTE), established by Law nº 11,892/2008, presents an innovative institutional model in terms of the political-pedagogical proposal, and it is expected that its institutions comply with the Technological Innovation Law by creating the Technological Innovation Centers (TICs). Among the responsibilities of TICs, the...

Global perspectives on high-stakes teacher accountability policies: An introduction
Jessica Holloway, Tore Bernt Sørensen, Antoni Verger
The aim of this special issue, “Global Perspectives on High-Stakes Teacher Accountability Policies”, is to provide insights into a diverse set of policies focusing on teachers’ accountability, including the underpinning ideas and cultural and socio-economic contexts of these policies, as well as their effects on teachers’ work, the teaching profession and the broader educational environment....

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