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Handbook of Education Policy Studies

Values, Governance, Globalization, and Methodology, Volume 1

  • Brings together in a single volume a collection of international scholars from multiple disciplines

  • Pushes the boundaries of education policy studies through its insightful analyses

  • Equips readers to handle the complexities of policy research by employing critical thinking

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxix
  2. Values, Quality, and Education Policy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Beyond the Western Horizon: Rethinking Education, Values, and Policy Transfer

      • Iveta Silova, Jeremy Rappleye, Euan Auld
      Pages 3-29Open Access
    3. The National Concept of Education Quality

      • Zhenguo Yuan
      Pages 71-82Open Access
  3. Education Policy and Reform

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 83-83
    2. Education Reform Phenomenon: A Typology of Multiple Dilemmas

      • Yin Cheong Cheng
      Pages 85-109Open Access
    3. Changes in Educational Institutions in China: 1978–2020

      • Guorui Fan
      Pages 111-129Open Access
    4. Social Inclusion/Exclusion of Youth and Rhetorical and Symbolic Illusions of Social Change in Recent Spanish Education Policy

      • Magdalena Jiménez-Ramírez, Antonio Luzón, Miguel A. Pereyra, Mónica Torres
      Pages 131-163Open Access
  4. Globalisation, Education and Policy Reforms

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 287-287
    2. Globalisation, Education and Policy Reforms

      • Joseph Zajda
      Pages 289-307Open Access
    3. Interdependency in Transnational Education Governance

      • Sotiria Grek
      Pages 309-328Open Access

About this book

This open access handbook brings together the latest research from a wide range of internationally influential scholars to analyze educational policy research from international, historical and interdisciplinary perspectives. By effectively breaking through the boundaries between countries and disciplines, it presents new theories, techniques and methods for contemporary education policy, and illustrates the educational policies and educational reform practices that various countries have introduced to meet the challenges of continuous change.

Based on an analysis of the nature of education policy and education reform, this volume focuses on education reform and the concept of education quality. Adopting a historical and comparative perspective, it examines the dialectical relationship between education policy and education reform in various countries, assesses theoretical and practical issues in the process of moving from regulation to multiple governance in contemporary education administration, and explores the impact of globalization on national education reform and the interdependence between countries. In addition, it presents studies addressing educational policy research methodology from multiple perspectives.

Highlighting the changes in national education macro policies, this volume comprehensively reveals the complex relationship between contemporary education reform and social change, and explores the links between contemporary social, political and economic systems and educational policy research and practice, offering a holistic portrait of macro trends in contemporary education reform.


  • Policy studies
  • Educational reforms
  • Educational research
  • Educational knowledge
  • Educational change
  • The politics of education
  • Contextual factors
  • Policy analyses
  • Policy process
  • Public policy
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

    Guorui Fan

  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, USA

    Thomas S. Popkewitz

About the editors

FAN Guorui, Ph.D, Professor of Education Theories and Policies, Institute of Schooling Reform and Development & Department of Education; Dean, School of Education Sciences, East China Normal University (2012-2014); Executive Director, the Professional Committee of Education Policy and Law, China Education Association (2007-); Chief-in-edition of the yearly book Education Policy Observatory(ECNU Press). Published more than 100 papers and several books, such as Theory and Practice of Education Policies (2011), The Change of Education System and Human Development (2008),School Administration: Theory and Practice (2003), The Ecology of Education (2000), etc.

Thomas S. Popkewitz is a curriculum theorist and professor from the United States of America, on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education. His studies are concerned with the knowledge or systems of reason that govern educational policy and research related to pedagogy and teacher education. His research includes histories of the present, ethnographic and comparative studies of national educational reforms in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Southern Africa, and the US. His book Cosmopolitanism and the Age of School Reform (2008) explores the systems of reason in pedagogy through historically examining the changing images and narratives of Enlightenment concerns with cosmopolitanism. He has written or edited approximately 30 books and 200 articles in journals and book chapters. Two of his books (Paradigms and Ideology in Educational Research and A Political Sociology of Educational Reform) have won awards for their contribution to educational studies. His work has been translated into twelve languages (Chinese, Danish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Education Policy Studies

  • Book Subtitle: Values, Governance, Globalization, and Methodology, Volume 1

  • Editors: Guorui Fan, Thomas S. Popkewitz

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-13-8346-5Published: 03 June 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-13-8349-6Published: 18 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-8347-2Published: 02 June 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIX, 414

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Educational Policy and Politics, International and Comparative Education

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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