Policy-making, planning and change in tertiary education

Alan WAGNER, Kwok Fai Philip HUI

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapters


Almost all countries undertake educational planning in some form. Educational planning is said to be “the application of rational systemic analysis to the process of educational development with the aim of making education more effective and efficient in responding to the needs of its students and society” (Forojalla, 1993, p. 39). Planning is thus closely linked to policy development and implementation, for the aims of planning are to inform decisions on appropriate goals and the approaches used to realise them. Given that growth has been a feature of world-wide development in education and a key challenge for education planning and policy, this article examines the developments and perspectives that are shaping educational planning and policy making with regard to educational expansion, particularly in relation to the experiences with tertiary education in three countries in the Asia-Pacific region: Japan, Republic of Korea and Australia. Copyright © 2003 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational handbook of educational research in the Asia-Pacific region
EditorsJohn P. KEEVES, Ryo WATANABE, Rupert MACLEAN, Peter D. RENSHAW, Colin Nelson POWER, Robyn BAKER, Saravanan GOPINATHAN, Ho Wah KAM, Yin Cheong CHENG, Albert C. TUIJNMAN
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherKluwer Academic
ISBN (Electronic)9789401733687
ISBN (Print)9789048161676, 1402010079
Publication statusPublished - 2003


Wagner, A., & Hui, P. K.-F. (2003). Policy-making, planning and change in tertiary education. In J. P. Keeves, R. Watanabe, R. Maclean, P. D. Renshaw, C. N. Power, R. Baker, et al. (Eds.), International handbook of educational research in the Asia-Pacific region (pp. 1031-1046). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic.


  • Teacher Education
  • Educational Policy and Management
  • Tertiary education
  • Education planning
  • Junior college
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Educational planning


Dive into the research topics of 'Policy-making, planning and change in tertiary education'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.