Handbook of Education Policy Research by Gary SykesHandbook of Education Policy Research by Gary Sykes

Handbook of Education Policy Research

EditorGary Sykes, Barbara Schneider, David N. Plank

Paperback | February 4, 2009

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Co-published by Routledge for the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Educational policy continues to be of major concern. Policy debates about economic growth and national competitiveness, for example, commonly focus on the importance of human capital and a highly educated workforce. Defining the theoretical boundaries and methodological approaches of education policy research are the two primary themes of this comprehensive, AERA-sponsoredHandbook.

Organized into seven sections, theHandbookfocuses on (1) disciplinary foundations of educational policy, (2) methodological perspectives, (3) the policy process, (4) resources, management, and organization, (5) teaching and learning policy, (6) actors and institutions, and (7) education access and differentiation.

Drawing from multiple disciplines, theHandbook'sover one hundred authors address three central questions: What policy issues and questions have oriented current policy research? What research strategies and methods have proven most fruitful? And what issues, questions, and methods will drive future policy research? Topics such as early childhood education, school choice, access to higher education, teacher accountability, and testing and measurement cut across the 63 chapters in the volume. The politics surrounding these and other issues are objectively analyzed by authors and commentators.

Each of the seven sections concludes with two commentaries by leading scholars in the field. The first considers the current state of policy design, and the second addresses the current state of policy research.

This book is appropriate for scholars and graduate students working in the field of education policy and for the growing number of academic, government, and think-tank researchers engaged in policy research.

For more information on the American Educational Research Association, please visit: http://www.aera.net/.

Gary Sykesis a Professor of Educational Administration and Teacher Education at Michigan State University. He specializes in educational policy relating to teaching and teacher education. His research interests center on policy issues associated with the improvement of teaching and teacher education, on the development of leadership pr...
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Title:Handbook of Education Policy ResearchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1064 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 2.15 inPublished:February 4, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword  Acknowledgments  Introduction,Gary Sykes, Barbara Schneider, and Timothy G. FordSection I: Social Science Disciplines and Education Policy ResearchSection Editors: Barbara Schneider and David N. Plank  1. Historians and Educational Policy Research in the United States,Maris A. Vinovskis2. Policy Research in Education: The Economic View,Martin Carnoy3. The Economic Value of Education and Cognitive Skills,Eric A. Hanushek4. A Political Science Perspective on Education Policy Analysis,Lorraine M. McDonnell5. Perspectives from the Disciplines: Sociological Contributions to Education Policy Research and Debates,Douglas Lee Lauen and Karolyn Tyson6. Current Approaches to Research in Anthropology and Education,Maressa L. Dixon, Kathryn M. Borman, and Bridget A. Cotner7. Making Education Research More Policy-Analytic,David L. Weimer8. Commentary: Disciplined Education Policy Research,Michael J. Feuer9. Commentary: The Disciplinary Foundations of Education Policy Research,Adam Gamoran Section II: Conducting Policy Research: Methodological PerspectivesSection Editors: Barbara Schneider and David N. Plank10. Separate Orbits: The Distinctive Worlds of Educational Research and Policymaking,Martin Orland11. The Use of Randomized Trials to Inform Education Policy,Geoffrey D. Borman12. Causal Inference in Non-Experimental Educational Policy Research,David Kaplan13. Research Synthesis and Education Policy,Therese D. Pigott14. Complementary Methods for Policy Research,Laura M. Desimone15. Assessment Policy: Making Sense of the Babel,Joan L. Herman and Eva L. Baker16. Scale-Up as a Framework for Intervention, Program, and Policy Evaluation Research,Sarah-Kathryn McDonald17. Commentary: Conducting Policy Research: Methodological Perspectives,Spyros Konstantopoulos18. Commentary: An Applied Perspective on Research, Method, and Policy, Christopher B. SwansonSection III: Politics and the Policy ProcessSection Editor: Jane Clark Lindle19. Education and Domination: Reforming Policy and Practice through Critical Theory,Carlos Alberto Torres and Richard Van Heertum20. Race, Ethnicity, and Education,Roslyn Arlin Mickelson21. Race(ing), Class(ing), and Gender(ing) Our Work: Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Feminism, Epistemology, and New Directions in Educational Policy Research,David O. Stovall22. Rhetoric and Symbolic Action in the Policy Process,Lisa Rosen23. The Role of Law in Educational Policy Formation, Implementation, and Research,Julie F. Mead24. Teacher Collective Bargaining: What We Know and What We Need to Know,Julia E. Koppich and Mary Alice Callahan25. The Voice of the People in Education Policy,Rebecca Jacobsen26. Assessment Policy and Politics of Information,Jane Clark Lindle27. What Works in Defining "What Works" in Educational Improvement: Lessons from Education Policy Implementation Research, Directions for Future Research,Meredith I. Honig28. Conceptualizing Policy Implementation: Large-Scale Reform in an Era of Complexity,Amanda Datnow and Vicki Park29. Public Choice and the Political Economy of American Education,Martin West30. Research in the Policy Process,Marshall S. Smith and Matthew L. Smith31. Commentary: Politics and the Policy Process,Jane Hannaway32. Commentary: Getting "Critically Real" About the State of Education Politics and Policy Process Research,V. Darleen OpferSection IV: Policy Implications of Educational Resources, Management, and OrganizationSection Editor: Linda Skrla33. Notes on Reframing the Role of the Organizations in Policy Implementation: Resources for Practice, in Practice,James P. Spillane, Louis M. Gomez, and Leigh Mesler34. What Do We Know About Reducing Class and School Size?June Ahn and Dominic J. Brewer35. Conceptions, Measurement and Application of Educational Adequacy and Equal Educational Opportunity,Bruce D. Baker and Preston C. Green, III36. Whether and How Money Matters in K-12 Education,Margaret L. Plecki and Tino A. Casta'eda37. School Reconstitution and School Improvement: Theory and Evidence,Betty Malen and Jennifer King Rice38. Charter School Policy Issues and Research Questions,Sandra Vergari39. Vouchers,John F. Witte40. A Market for Knowledge?Frederick M. Hess41. Market Reforms in Education,Clive R. Belfield and Henry M. Levin42. Commentary: A Call to Studied Action: Lessons from Research on Policies Designed to Improve the Organization and Management of Schooling,Steve Cantrell43. Commentary: Improvement or Reinvention: Two Policy Approaches to School Reform,Rodney T. OgawaSection V: Teaching and Learning PolicySection Editor: Gary Sykes44. Opportunity to Learn,William H. Schmidt and Adam Maier45. The Reading and Math Wars,Alan H. Schoenfeld and P. David Pearson46. Language Policy in Education,Patricia G'ara and M. Cecilia G'mez47. Teacher Quality and Teacher Labor Markets,Tara B'ille and Susanna Loeb48. Teacher Preparation and Teacher Learning: A Changing Policy Landscape,Linda Darling-Hammond, Ruth Chung Wei, with Christy Marie Johnson49. School Improvement by Design: Lessons from a Study of Comprehensive School Reform Programs,Brian P. Rowan, Richard J. Correnti, Robert J. Miller, and Eric M. Camburn50. Measurement and Improvement of Teacher-Child Interactions: Implications for Policy and Accountability Frameworks of Standardized Observation,Robert C. Pianta and Bridget K. Hamre51. Closing Achievement Gaps,George Farkas52. New Technology,Yong Zhao and Jing Lei53. Education and the Shrinking State,David N. Plank and Venessa Keesler54. Commentary: Research on Teaching and Learning,Barbara R. Foorman55. Commentary: Informing Teaching and Learning Policy,Robert E. FlodenSection VI: Actors and Institutions in the Policy ProcessSection Editor: Carolyn Herrington56. International and Transnational Policy Actors in Education: A Review of the Research,Karen Mundy with Mona Ghali57. New Approaches to Understanding Federal Involvement in Education,Lora Cohen-Vogel and Michael K. McLendon58. The Expansion of State Policy Research,Kathryn A. McDermott59. The District Role in Instructional Improvement,Gary Sykes, Jennifer O'Day, and Timothy G. Ford60. Pushing on the Paradigm: Research on Teachers' Organizations as Policy Actors,Nina Bascia61. Local Democracy in Education,Michael Mintrom62. The Politics of (Im)Prudent State-Level Homeschooling Policies,Catherine A. Lugg and Andrea K. Rorrer63. Student Voice and Student Roles in Education Policy and Policy Reform,Dana L. Mitra64. Looking Forward: Toward a New Role in Promoting Educational Equity for Students with Disabilities from Low-Income Backgrounds,Thomas Hehir65. Commentary: Research on Actors and Institutions Involved in Education Policy: Themes, Tensions, and Topics to Explore,Martha McCarthy66. Commentary: Nested Actors and Institutions: The Need for Better Theory, Data and Methods to Inform Education Policy,Mark BerendsSection VII: Educational Access and DifferentiationSection Editor: Barbara Schneider67. Policy and Place'Learning from Decentralized Reforms,Bruce Fuller68. Early Childhood Education,Lawrence J. Schweinhart and Rachel Fulcher-Dawson69. Social Stratification and Educational Opportunity,Nathan D. Jones and Barbara Schneider70. Shadow Education Systems,Chong-Jae Lee, Hyun-Jeong Park, and Heesook Lee71. K-16 Transitions and Higher Education Access,Frankie Keels Williams72. Permeability and Transparency in the High School-College Transition,Jennifer L. Stephan and James E. Rosenbaum73. Governmental Policy and the Organization of Postsecondary Education,James C. Hearn and T. Austin Lacy74. The Invisible Hand of World Education Culture: Thoughts for Policy Makers,David P. Baker75. Commentary: Access and Differentiation,C. Kent McGuire76. Commentary: Access and Differentiation: Structuring Equality and Inequality in Education Policy,Jeannie Oakes