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Last update 12-10-2015
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: public policy

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Anat Gofen

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Monday, 14:00-15:00

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Anat Gofen

Course/Module description:
Introducing main educational policy issues in Israel as reflected in the public committees established during the years.

Course/Module aims:
Analysis of educational policies while referring to two dimensions: (A) scholarly knowledge, including concepts, theories and empirical findings; and (B) policy analysis methodology including agenda setting, stakeholders, alternatives and implementation

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Analyze policy question;
Design policy according to evidence-based knowledge

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Frontal instruction
Group discussions
Student' presentations

Course/Module Content:
1. Education as a field, as a field of research, and as a policy sector
2. The Israeli education system
3. Policy tools in education
4. Equality of opportunity
5. School leadership
6. Pedagogy and core curriculum
7. The teachers
8. Beyond academic achievements
9. Parental involvement
10. Educational landscape as market
11. Measurement, standards and accountability
12. Special populations
13. Higher education
14. Evidence-based policy

Required Reading:
Cuban, L. (1990). Reforming again, again, and again. Educational Researcher, 19(1), 313
Shavit, Yossi, Meir Yaish, and Eyal Bar-Haim. 2007. "The persistence of persistent inequality1."
Hatcher, R. 2005. The distribution of leadership and power in schools, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 26, 2, 253-267
Cohen, David (1990). "The Case of Ms. Oublier," Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 12(3), pp. 327-345.
Loughran, J(2009). Is teaching a discipline? Implications for teaching and teacher education, Teachers and Teaching, 15: 2, 189 203
Rosenthal, Robert, and Lenore Jacobson. 1968. Pygmalion in the Classroom. The Urban Review 3, 1: 1620
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Lareau, A. (2003), Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life. Introduction
Bulkley, K. and Fisler, J.(2003), A Decade of Charter Schools: From Theory to Practice, Educational Policy, 17/3 317-342.
Hamilton, Laura S., et al. 2013. Improving Accountability through Expanded Measures of Performance." Journal of Educational Administration 51.4: 453-475.
, (2004), " ", , (1), 145-169
Vaira, Massimiliano. 2004.. Globalization and higher education organizational change: A framework for analysis. Higher education 48.4: 483-510.
David L. Weimer, Making Education Research More Policy Analytic, in Gary Sykes, Barbara Schneider, and David N. Plank, eds. Handbook of Education Policy Research. New York: Routledge (2009), 93-100

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 70 %
Assignments 30 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
A bonus of up to 6 points will be given for ongoing and extra participation in class
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.