Policy Review on the Norwegian Initiative of Offering Free Homework Assistance in Schools
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Original versionHu, A., & Huang, L. (2020). Policy Review on the Norwegian Initiative of Offering Free Homework Assistance in Schools. ECNU Review of Education.
Purpose: Through reviewing an education policy blueprint in Norway, titled “An Offer of Homework Assistance” (issued by the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training in June 2010), the present article aims to shed light on how Norway uses education as an arena to realize social equality and equity. Design/Approach/Methods: This is an analytical policy review. Findings: By examining the background, goals, contents, and implementation of the homework assistance program, we have found that the Norwegian government institutes evidence-based policies in education. Although there is criticism concerning the policy and its implementation, empirical evaluative investigations have found that it brings a variety of benefits. Originality/Value: The present article is useful to understand educational policymaking in Norway and how the country is making efforts to achieve social equality and equity through education.