The State of Education Policy Research

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The State of Education Policy Research is a comprehensive, insightful evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of education policy research in the U.S. today. Editors Susan Fuhrman, David Cohen, and Fritz Mosher examine key issues facing policymakers and researchers including race, education equity, teacher quality, early education, privatization, and the politics of education policy. Collectively, the chapters present a complex mosaic of education policy research that integrates the views of policy experts from education, economics, and related disciplines. Important topics discussed in this influential new text include: Politics of education-Covers research on key political groups including teachers' unions, business roundtables, parent and/or religious advocates, as well as state and federal lawmakers. Race-Discusses race as an issue as well as a non-issue and includes a discussion of the testing gap. State policies-Provides an overview of state policies directed at improving teacher quality and discusses the reality of a teacher shortage. National Trends-Analyses current trends toward centralization and standardization and the growing influence of federal and state mandates. This book is appropriate for advanced courses in education administration, politics and policy. It will also appeal to policy researchers in education, economics, and political science, to policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels and to the academic libraries serving them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805858334
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures     xi
Preface and Acknowledgments   David K. Cohen   Susan H. Fuhrman   Fritz Mosher     xiii
Contributors     xxi
Introduction to Education Policy Research
Philosophical Issues in Education Policy Research   Robert Floden     3
The Making and Effects of Education Policy
The Politics of Education: Influencing Policy and Beyond   Lorraine M. McDonnell     19
Educational Governance in the United States: Where Are We? How Did We Get Here? Why Should We Care?   Susan H. Fuhrman   Margaret E. Goertz   Elliot H. Weinbaum     41
Policy and Practice   David K. Cohen   Susan L. Moffitt   Simona Goldin     63
New Political Economy of Public Education: Policy and Research   Paul T. Hill     87
As Moths to a Flame: Education Policy Research and the Controversial Issues of Race   Jeffrey R. Henig     105
The Making and Effects of Education Policy: Commentary. Policy, Politics, Institutions, and Markets   James P. Spillane     129
Policy as Resource Allocation
Causality, Causality, Causality: The View of Education Inputs and Outputs From Economics   Lisa Barrow   Cecilia Elena Rouse     137
The Elusiveness of EducationalEquity: From Revenues to Resources to Results   W. Norton Grubb     157
Policy as Resource Allocation: Commentary   Helen F. Ladd     179
Across the Sectors
Boundaries With Early Childhood Education: The Significance of the Early Childhood Frontier for Elementary and Secondary Education   W. Steven Barnett   Debra J. Ackerman     187
Separation of K-12 and Postsecondary Education Policymaking: Evolution, Impact, and Research Needs   Michael W. Kirst     203
Across the Sectors: Commentary. Border Crossings: On the Relations Between the Major Age-Graded Education Systems in the United States   J. Lawrence Aber     225
The Role of Education Research
Knowledge and Policy   Fritz Mosher     233
Learning, Teaching and Keeping the Conversation Going: The Links Between Research, Policy, and Practice   Barbara Neufeld     243
Research In, Research Out: The Role of Research in the Development and Scale-Up of Success for All   Robert E. Slavin   Nancy A. Madden   Amanda Datnow     261
The Role of Education Research: Commentary. Can We Influence Education Reform Through Research?   Carol Hirschon Weiss     281
Policy and Professionals
Misdiagnosing the Teacher Quality Problem   Richard M. Ingersoll     291
The Changing and Chaotic World of Teacher Policy   Thomas B. Corcoran     307
Policy and Professionals: Commentary   Allan R. Odden   Anthony Milanowski   Herbert G. Heneman III     337
In Conclusion
Conclusion: A Review of Policy and Research in Education   David K. Cohen   Susan H. Fuhrman   Fritz Mosher     349
Author Index     383
Subject Index     395
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