Researching education policy: Ethical and methodological issues

Researching education policy: Ethical and methodological issues

by David Halpin, University of Warwick Barry Troyna (Reader in Education
     
 

The methodology researching of educational policy is the subject of this book. It takes a "behind the scenes" look at the conducting, the analysis and the interpretation of research carried out into educational policy issues revolving around the 1988 Education Reform Act.; The contributors draw on their project research experience to demonstrate the breadth of

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The methodology researching of educational policy is the subject of this book. It takes a "behind the scenes" look at the conducting, the analysis and the interpretation of research carried out into educational policy issues revolving around the 1988 Education Reform Act.; The contributors draw on their project research experience to demonstrate the breadth of issues lionked with such policy research, and cover the gender and power balance between interviewer and interviewee, the difficulties resulting from different ideological stances of researchers and researched, and difficulties in finding links between research and policy.

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ISBN-13:
9780750703444
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Series:
Social Research and Educational Studies
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Series Editor's Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1Reforms, Research and Being Reflexive About Being Reflective1
Pt. 1Theory, Scholarship and Research into Education Policy15
Ch. 2Where We Are Now: Reflections on the Sociology of Education Policy17
Ch. 3Applied Education Politics or Political Sociology of Education?: Contrasting Approaches to the Study of Recent Education Reform in England and Wales31
Ch. 4Coming to Terms with Research: The Contract Business42
Ch. 5Scholarship and Sponsored Research: Contradiction, Continuum or Complementary Activity?55
Pt. 2The Ethics of Research into Education Policy73
Ch. 6The Constraints of Neutrality: The 1988 Education Reform Act and Feminist Research75
Ch. 7Political Commitment in the Study of the City Technology College, Kingshurst94
Ch. 8Researching Inside the State: Issues in the Interpretation of Elite Interviews107
Ch. 9Sex, Lies and Audiotape: Interviewing the Education Policy Elite121
Pt. 3Methodological Perspectives on Research into Education Policy137
Ch. 10Ethnography, Policy Making and Practice in Education139
Ch. 11Why Didn't You Use a Survey to Generalize Your Findings?: Methodological Issues in a Multiple Site Case Study of School Governing Bodies after the 1988 Education Reform Act154
Ch. 12Students' Secondary School Careers: Research in a Climate of 'Moving Perspectives'170
Ch. 13Researching Parents after the 1988 Education Reform Act184
Ch. 14Practice and Prospects in Education Policy Research198
Appendix207
Notes on Contributors208
Index213

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