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Title: Exploring the interweaving of contrary currents: transnational policy enactment and path-dependent policy implementation in Australia and Japan
Contributor(s): Takayama, Keita  (author)
Publication Date: 2016
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 9304 School/Institution
930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: undefined
Abstract: This article explores the neo-institutional theory of global policy convergence, or 'isomorphism', by comparatively examining one of its most recent manifestations - the global diffusion of national standardised testing - in Australia and Japan. By understanding the particular configurations of national testing as being conditioned by both nations' institutional frameworks and historical legacies of education policy development, this study illuminates how the conditioning effects of these frameworks and legacies resulted in the divergent ways in which a policy model circulating at the transnational level became translated into assessment policies that are 'simultaneously similar and different'. These findings are related to the concept of 'path dependency', emphasised in particular by political science and historical institutionalism. The theoretical conclusions drawn on this basis indicate a promising direction of comparative education research, one that recognises global convergence and national divergence as processes that simultaneously shape the globalisation of education policy. In so doing, they summarise the implications of the study for the ongoing debate on the neo-institutionalist theory in comparative education.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: World Culture Re-Contextualized: Meaning constellations and path-dependencies in comparative and international education research, p. 99-117
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 9780415720755
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Jurgen Schriewer
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