Policy As Practice: Toward a Comparative Sociocultural Analysis of Educational Policy

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This volume brings together scholars working the relatively new terrain of ethnographic policy studies to debate and provisionally chart the methodological and theoretical parameters of such a project. The opening section on theory will survey the conceptual antecedents of qualitative policy studies, citing the relevant literature and laying out an agenda for research. The section on methods will consist of accounts of innovative field experiences and analytic approaches that can illuminate the new field. The ...

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This volume brings together scholars working the relatively new terrain of ethnographic policy studies to debate and provisionally chart the methodological and theoretical parameters of such a project. The opening section on theory will survey the conceptual antecedents of qualitative policy studies, citing the relevant literature and laying out an agenda for research. The section on methods will consist of accounts of innovative field experiences and analytic approaches that can illuminate the new field. The final section on experiences will extend the reflections in the methods section with concrete case studies.

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Brings together scholars working the relatively new terrain of ethnographic policy studies to debate and chart the parameters of the field. An opening section on theory surveys the conceptual antecedents of qualitative policy studies and lays out an agenda for research. A section on methods offers accounts of innovative field experiences and analytical approaches that illuminate the field. A final section on experiences extends the reflections in the methods section with case studies in areas such as immigrant education in the rural Midwest, and educational policy in an Australian aboriginal community. The editors teach educational leadership and policy studies at Indiana University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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MARGARET SUTTON Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University

BRADLEY A.U. LEVINSON Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Policy as/in Practice - A Sociocultural Approach to the Study of Educational Policy 1
I Global and Nation-State Policy Processes: Sociocultural Studies 23
1 Are Pedagogical Ideals Embraced or Imposed? The Case of Reading Instruction in the Republic of Guinea 25
2 Linking Research to Educational Policy and Practice: What Kind of Relationships in How (De)Centralized a Context? 59
3 Policy Research as Ethnographic Refusal: The Case of Women's Literacy in Nepal 77
II Local Educators Appropriating and Forming Educational Policy 101
4 Multicultural Curriculum and Academic Performance: African American Women Leaders Negotiating Urban School Accountability Policies 103
5 Teachers' Perceptions of Their Participation in Policy Choices: The Bottom-up Approach of the Nueva Escuela Unitaria in Guatemala 123
6 When Politics Becomes Pedagogy: Oppositional Discourse as Policy in Mexican Teachers' Struggles for Union Democracy 145
7 Beyond Educational Policy: Bilingual Teachers and the Social Construction of Teaching "Science" for Understanding 167
8 Health Education Policies and Poor Women in Brazil: Identifying Myths That Undermine Empowerment 193
III Community-Educator Negotiations of Policy Meanings and Practice 217
9 The Impact of Life Histories on Local Policy: New Immigrant Education in the Rural Midwest 219
10 "That School Gotta Recognize Our Policy!": The Appropriation of Educational Policy in an Australian Aboriginal Community 243
11 "We Are Mountain": Appalachian Educators' Responses to the Challenge of Systemic Reform 265
12 Myth Making and Moral Order in a Debate on Mathematics Education Policy 295
Index 317
About the Editors and Contributors 323
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