Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy / Edition 1

Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy / Edition 1

by James P. Spillane
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674021096

ISBN-13: 9780674021099

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: Harvard

What happens to federal and state policies as they move from legislative chambers to individual districts, schools, and, ultimately, classrooms? Although policy implementation is generally seen as an administrative problem, James Spillane reminds us that it is also a psychological problem.

After intensively studying several school districts' responses to new

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Overview

What happens to federal and state policies as they move from legislative chambers to individual districts, schools, and, ultimately, classrooms? Although policy implementation is generally seen as an administrative problem, James Spillane reminds us that it is also a psychological problem.

After intensively studying several school districts' responses to new statewide science and math teaching policies in the early 1990s, Spillane argues that administrators and teachers are inclined to assimilate new policies into current practices. As new programs are communicated through administrative levels, the understanding of them becomes increasingly distorted, no matter how sincerely the new ideas are endorsed. Such patterns of well-intentioned misunderstanding highlight the need for systematic training and continuing support for the local administrators and teachers who are entrusted with carrying out large-scale educational change, classroom by classroom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674021099
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
1,399,834
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Making Education Policy Here, There, and Everywhere

2. Doing Standards: Content and Context

3. Interactive Policymaking

4. Making Policy, Making Sense

5. Resources for Sense-Making

6. The Schoolteacher and Interactive Policymaking

7. Policy in Practice

8. Implementation Reconsidered

Appendix: Research Methods

References

Index

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