Name of the University: Asia-Pacific International University

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Name of the University: Asia-Pacific International University

Faculty/Department: Graduate Studies/Department of Psychology & Education

Section 1. Course Identification and General Information

1. 1. Course code and name: EDUC 525 Legal and Policy Issues in Education

1. 2. Number of Credit: 3

1.3. Curriculum and Category of the Course: Master of Education

1.4. Instructor: Oktavian Mantiri, PhD

1.5. Semester: First Semester (Tutorial)

1.6. Pre-requisite: None

1.7. Co-requisite: None

1.8. Place: Graduate Studies Office

1.9. Date of course development or revision: Jan 21, 2014

Section 2. Aims and Objectives

2.1. General Objectives

This course aims at enabling students to:

  1. Identify and examine political and social contexts which impact on education programs, processes and services.

  2. Explore relevant and current topics in education in light of legal and policy issues.

  3. Conduct a search of relevant literature, utilising various databases, to access suitable knowledge resources in legal and policy context of education.

  4. Capacity to assess and critique important public policy approaches and perspectives.

  5. Analyse and evaluate existing educational policies in Asia and western countries and how they impact society in a positive and/or negative way.

  6. Identify stages of legal and policy issues in Southeast Asian countries, examine and evaluate how they assist and/or hinder educational developments.

  7. Demonstrate practice that is informed by theory, in the delivery of educational policy for the benefit of a country.

  8. Compare and contrast various legal and policy issues in education between east and west countries.

2.2. Objective of the development of the course

To be consistence with the TQF- Psychology/Education curriculum of the Commission of Higher Education

Section 3. Course Composition

3.1. Course Description

The purpose of this subject is to expose the classroom teacher, curriculum developer and administrator to a range of classroom, school and community issues that have legal implications. Current school and educational policies and practice will be analyzed in terms of national legislation, regulations and policies relevant to Thailand, south-east Asia and countries where students are/will be teaching within the various economic, social, political and technology contexts affecting education. Students will learn to develop strategic and risk management plans by developing, evaluating and reporting on educational policies based on relevant legislation and organizational mission, vision, philosophy and values.

3.2. Number of Hours

30 hrs

Additional Lecture

Field work, practicum, laboratory

0 hours

Self Study

  1. hrs

3.3. Consultation hours

10 minutes per day

Section 4. Student Learning Outcomes

4.1. Ethics

4.1.1. The Ethical and Moral Development

  • Being able to understand the legal and policies issues of educational development process

4.1.2 Teaching Method

Online Group Discussion & Lecture

4.1.3. Evaluation Method

      • Oral Question & Answer, Online Forum

4.2. Knowledge

4.2.1. Knowledge

  • Understanding the principles of legal and policy issues in education

4.2.2. Teaching Method

Lecture & Writing Papers

4.2.3. Evaluation Method

      • QA, Group/Individual Project, Online Forum

4.3. Application

4.3.1. Application

  • Demonstrating skills on technical aspect of legal and policy in education

4.3.2. Teaching Method

Lecture and Case studies

4.3.3 Evaluation Method

      • Classroom Demonstration, Group/Individual Project, Online Forum

4.4. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

4.4.1. The interpersonal skills and responsibility that needed to develop

  • Being able to exhibit an understanding of legal and policy issues in education and evaluate an actual case study

4.4.2. Teaching Method


4.4.3. Evaluation Method

- Video Summary Report, Online Forum

Section 5. Teaching Plan and Evaluation

5.1. Teaching Plan (Tentative)




No of Hours

Teaching Method and Activity


1st meeting



  • Course Outline and Requirements

  • Textbooks



Oktavian Mantiri (OM)

2nd meeting

Historical and Theoretical Context:

  • The surprising history of educational policy, &

Shaping Educational Policy: Power and Process, pp. 1 - 60


Lecture with PPT presentation, Group Discussion


3rd meeting

An Enduring Issues:

The relationship between political democracy and educational effectiveness



Lecture with PPT presentation, Group discussion


4th meeting

The Foundations of Educational Equity:

  • Educational politics and equity policy since 1950

Shaping Educational Policy: Power and Process, pp. 143 – 164


Lecture with PPT presentation, Group discussion


5th meeting

Globalization: Its Power and Limitations:

  • Curriculum politics and educational productivity,

Shaping Educational Policy: Power and Process, pp. 165 – 212


Lecture with PPT presentation, Group discussion


6th meeting

A World-Class Education

A World-Class Education


Lecture with PPT presentation, Group discussion


7th meeting

The Education System of Southeast Asian Countries:

Education in South - East Asia


Lecture with PPT presentation, Group discussion, Individual presentation


8th meeting

  • Quality Assurance in Southeast Asian Higher Education

Education in South - East Asia


Lecture with PPT presentation, Group discussion


9th meeting

Students’ presentation (Video recorded presentation


Presentation and discussion


Total approximately 33 hours of lectures

    1. Evaluation Plan


Student Learning Outcomes

Evaluation Method

Evaluation Schedule



4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Recorded Video Presentation

Presentation: 25%


4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Classroom Attendance



4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Video Summary

Weekly from August to September 2014

Each Topic: 5%

(X8 Videos)


4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Essay (email to

14 November 2014


Section 6. Teaching and Learning Resources

    1. Text Book

Mitchell, D. E., Crowson, R. L., Shipps, D. (Eds). (2011) Shaping education policy: Power and process. Routledge: Taylor and Francis: UK

Brock, C., Symaco, L. P. (Eds.). (2001) Education in South-East Asia (Oxford series in comparative education. Symposium Books.

Stewart, V (2012). A world-class education: learning from international models of excellence and innovation. ASCD: Alexandria, USA

    1. Reference Books


    1. Recommended Information

Class Website:

Section 7. Course Evaluation and Improvement

7.1. Student Evaluation

  • Group discussion between teacher and students

  • Course and Teacher Evaluation Survey

7.2. Teaching Evaluation

  • Presentation, Discussion Forum, Essay result

  • Evaluation from the examination committee

7.3. Teaching Improvement

  • Teaching and learning management

  • Research within and outside the classroom

7.4. Course examination verification process

  • Marking verification from other teachers

  • Departmental committee: Checking the learning process from the examination, answer, report, and behavior evaluation result

7.5. Course Effectiveness revision and improvement plan

  • Yearly course improvement from the recommendation and the re-examination as a result from no. 4

Whenever you use or quote from the work of some other person, you must acknowledge your source. Not to do so is to pass off someone else’s ideas as your own, an offence that is considered in a very serious light and is known as plagiarism. It is not possible to list here every instance where you should make due acknowledgment. However, the following general guidelines apply. In essays and assignments you should acknowledge:

  • the source of all quotations unless the quotation has become so well known that it is considered part of general usage

  • all material paraphrased or summarised from other sources

  • factual material not commonly known and accepted in the discipline under study

  • a line of thinking borrowed from someone else

  • tables, diagrams, maps and illustrations derived from other sources

Sources should be referenced or footnoted in the style recommended for the subject to which the assignment relates. In addition, all sources used in an essay or assignment should be acknowledged in the reference section of your assignment.

Since Asia-Pacific International University’s philosophy is educative, first instances of plagiarism, if minor, will bring a warning and penalties ranging from deduction of marks to resubmission of an assignment. Students in their second or later semesters will be penalised more heavily than beginning students.

The penalties for more serious plagiarism are as follows:

  • First offence: Penalties range from substantial deduction of marks to zero marks for an assignment.

  • Second offence: Fail grade for the subject.

  • Third offence: student may be discontinued from further study at Avondale.

Guidelines for Essay Submission

  1. Essays must be submitted according to the following format: typewritten, 1.5 spacing with standard 2 cm margin all around. Use 12-point Times New Roman font and align text ONLY to the left. Number the pages on top-right corner. Use the APA referencing style.

  2. Please attach a cover sheet that includes the following declaration:

I certify that this assignment is my own work and is free from plagiarism. I understand that the assignment may be checked for plagiarism by electronic or other means. The assignment has not previously been submitted for assessment in any other subject or institution.

Signed .................................. Date ...................................
Essay Title: “Implementation of Asean Economic Community 2015: Legal and Policy Issues in Education.”

Evaluate and analyze the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) 2015 (see and the Blue Print on how it will be implemented (from the website for PDF) and the implications it has on education and in light of Chapter 6: Creating the Future (from the book A World-Class Education) make a recommendation as to how educational development should be done. In the conclusion section please provide your own stance on how AEC 2015 should benefit education. This assignment entails obtaining information posted on the internet about various proposals being offered and discussed, summarizing them, and reflecting upon them using concepts and information drawn from course readings and discussions.

Word limit: 3500 words maximum

Assessment Weighting: 30%

Due Date: 14 November 2014

Video Presentation

Record a 15-minute video presentation for a topic found in the textbook: Education in South-East Asia.

You will be assessed by the following criteria:

1. Introduction. Did the introduction give an overview of the key issues of the particular country?

2. Content. Was it comprehensive, clear and quality information? Was the information organised in a way that the audience were left with a clear understanding of the key issues that are currently driving education change?

3. Conclusion. Were the major points discussed stated?

4. Resources. Were additional resources utilized?

Time limit: 15 minutes maximum

Assessment Weighting: 25%

Due Date: (Refer to Calendar on our website)
Video Summary Report

Participate in all scheduled video summary. More detail information will be provided later.

Assessment Weighting: 5% x 8 Videos Summary Reports

Due Date: (Refer to the Calendar on our website


All assignment must be proofread before submitting.

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