‘Just add facilitators and stir’: Stimulating policy uptake in schools

Abbott, Rebecca, Macdonald, Doune, Hay, Peter and McCuaig, Louise (2011) ‘Just add facilitators and stir’: Stimulating policy uptake in schools. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 39 5: 603-620. doi:10.1177/1741143211408452

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Author Abbott, Rebecca
Macdonald, Doune
Hay, Peter
McCuaig, Louise
Title ‘Just add facilitators and stir’: Stimulating policy uptake in schools
Journal name Educational Management Administration & Leadership   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-1432
Publication date 2011-09-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1741143211408452
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 39
Issue 5
Start page 603
End page 620
Total pages 18
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
1408 Strategy and Management
Abstract This article presents the evaluation findings of an education policy initiative that involved the employment of facilitators to broker the policy and its implementation. An Australian state's education authority piloted the employment of physical activity facilitators to expedite the implementation of 'Smart Moves' in schools, a policy mandating daily physical activity for all state school students from pre-school to Year 10. The evaluation data was collected through facilitator diaries, semi-structured interviews, reflective writing, network mapping, and a school survey. The introduction of physical activity facilitators to accelerate the uptake of a health promotion policy in schools was highly instructive in terms of the conditions of policy uptake in schools. These facilitators were able to intervene in the value-laden, mandated state activity and shift the discourses to those that were palatable for schools and teachers. Significantly, in Bernsteinian terms, they were bridging the official and pedagogic recontextualizing fields thus acting as contributors to the recontextualization of official policy knowledge despite some school resistance.
Keyword Evaluation
Physical activity
Policy implementation
Policy uptake
Recontextualizing fields
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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