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Developing Social Cohesion through Schools in Northern Ireland and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: A Study of Policy Transfer

Authors: Loader, Rebecca
Hughes, Joanne
Petroska-Beshka, Violeta
Tomovska Misoska, Ana
Keywords: Northern Ireland;Macedonia;policy transfer;peace education;intercultural education;intergroup contact
Issue Date: Aug-2018
Publisher: Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
Citation: Loader, Rebecca, Joanne Hughes, Violeta Petroska-Beshka, and Ana Tomovska Misoska. 2018. “Developing Social Cohesion through Schools in Northern Ireland and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: A Study of Policy Transfer.” Journal on Education in Emergencies 4 (1): 114-40.
Series/Report no.: Volume 4;Issue 1
Abstract: Transferring education policy from one country to another, or between supranational bodies and national administrations, is common practice, and the potential benefits for educational quality and standards are evident. Despite these advantages, the dominant approaches to policy transfer have been criticized for, among other things, neglecting contextual influences on policy and prioritizing the economic function of education over others. In this article, we consider an example of policy transfer for another purpose: to promote social cohesion through schools, specifically in societies that have experienced ethnic division and conflict. Focusing on the model of shared education, which promotes school collaboration and contact between pupils across ethnic or religious boundaries, we explore a process of policy transfer between Northern Ireland and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Drawing from documentary analysis, interviews with practitioners in both countries, and direct personal experience, we examine the purpose, nature, and impact of this case of policy transfer and identify what lessons can be shared with future education initiatives.
ISSN: 2518-6833
Rights: The Journal on Education in Emergencies, published by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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