The Politics and Policy in Education Special Interest Group (SIG) provides a space within which AARE members can present, discuss and debate research on the production, enactment and impacts of politics and policy in relation to educational issues. The SIG includes members engaged in quantitative, qualitative, interpretive, critical, ethnographic and comparative methodological approaches. It brings together researchers from a broad variety of disciplines and professional areas to foster and support the conduct, collaboration, dissemination, discussion and application of research on education policy and politics. Given the importance placed on education by governments and non-government organisations in achieving economic, social, cultural and political ends, this SIG provides a space within which the processes, practices and effects of politics and policy in education are foregrounded.
The SIG encourages work focussing on a variety of phenomena, including (but not limited to) the work of policy actors, changing policy networks and institutional formations, the role and impacts of different forms of data, and the impacts of policies on education settings. The SIG also supports policy research across a variety of scales, from local policies and impacts, through to national and transnational policy trends. It is a forum supportive of micro- and macro-political research including that with a focus on gender, race and ethnicity, class, disadvantage, sexuality, materiality and identity. The SIG advocates broad engagement with questions of politics and policy about methodologies associated with policy studies, theoretical developments, and debates about current and historical initiatives in Australia and internationally. The SIG encourages engagement with government and non-government organisations, including collaborative and other forms of cross-sectoral research.