Glossary Term

Education policy

Education policy is a set of ideas or values about what education as a social institution and set of practices should look like. This includes who is taught what, how, and how these practices are to be governed. Education policy is about the substance of policy – the stated objectives, and the actions taken to achieve those objectives. It is also about the process of how policy is formulated and who participates which influences the process of policy implementation.

Adapted from:

Robertson, S. L. (2018). Researching global education policy: Angles In/On/Out. In A.Verger, M. Novelli, & H.K. Altinyelken (Eds). Global education policy and international development: New agendas, issues and policies (2nd ed., pp. 35-54). Bloomsbury.

Reimers, Fernando. (2019) Education Policy Analysis and Research in the Comparative Perspective [Syllabus]. Harvard Graduate School of Education.