Story-telling and policy making : the construction of university entrance problems in Australia

Gale, T. C. 1994, Story-telling and policy making : the construction of university entrance problems in Australia, Journal of education policy, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 227-232.

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Title Story-telling and policy making : the construction of university entrance problems in Australia
Author(s) Gale, T. C.
Journal name Journal of education policy
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 227
End page 232
Total pages 6
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 1994
ISSN 0268-0939
1464-5106
Keyword(s) policy making
higher education
Australian university entrance policy
social construction
reform
Summary This paper is a study of the politics of policy making within the context of Australian university entrance policy. It argues that policy making is more concerned with the social construction of policy problems than with their resolution and that in this respect the problem-solving image of policy making is flawed. Additionally, the paper explores the ways in which policy problems are constructed and how competing stories are resolved within policy making. The paper concludes that in this case such stories of university entrance were absorbed within the government's agenda for reform through the use of participative processes restricted to the consideration of best solutions rather than particular problems.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1994, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040865

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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