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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Department of Education Policy​ Stu​dies


Research in this Department explores the dynamic field of contestation between the democratic transformation of education and societal changes in relation to education policy implementation. Educational leadership and management constitute the focus of policy implementation.


​​​Democratic education and citizenship education

This area incorporates the philosophical investigation of concepts such as equal liberties, communitarianism, citizenship theory and their enriched implications for the transformation of education in schools and universities vis-à-vis the implementation of education policy.

Democratic transformation of education and education policy implementation

This focus area explores the impact of globalisation on the interaction between transformative working environments, qualification frameworks and assessment, as well as the interaction between educational, school leadership and management narratives.

Education policy reform in urban context

This area of research is investigated by applying the theoretical lenses of 'policy renovation' and 'space' to selected qualitative methodologies and ethnographic sites.

What the curriculum activates in young people

A multi-dimensional exploration of the experiences within educational environments that help structure, shape or inform young people's transitions into adult life.

Shaping the indexed identity and re-imagining schooling and its context​

School leadership, governance, management and human resource management

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