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date: 29 February 2020

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This chapter provides an understanding of policy as a contested educational terrain where complex realities, the challenge of diverse interests and constituencies, and distinct perceptions of value, all contribute to decision-making processes that are anything but objective. The chapter discusses policy as a field of thought and action and highlights the deeply political structure of policy work. It provides an account for the challenges of ethics within policy and decision-making. The chapter places assessment as a significant area in policy exploration and an essential contributor to policy work as an aspect of public spheres of influence. The author also submits that educators should approximate themselves to policy and policy thinking (conceptually and strategically) as their voice and contribution is a needed aspect of the process. The author suggests that the notion of framing disposition be advanced as a tool for approaching policy work within education and music education.

Keywords: policy, assessment, framing capacity, music education, education, public sphere

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