Better Policies, Better Schools Theories and Applications

ISBN-10: 0205321526
ISBN-13: 9780205321520
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $159.60
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/4/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

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Foreword
Preface
About the Authors
Education Policy: Theories and Concepts
Introduction
Policy Defined
Formation of a Field: Policy Studies
Formation of a Sub-Field: Policy Studies in Education
Emerging Research Directions
Incorporating History into Education Policy Studies
Viewing Policy through Multiple Lenses
Theories of Education Policymaking: An Overview
A Call for Theoretical Pluralism
Structure of the Book
Chapter Discussion Questions
Seminal Works
References
Theories of Education Policymaking
Policy Vignette - President Signs First Major Federal Aid to Education Bill
Positivist Theories of Policymaking in Education
Systems Theory
Neopluralist Advocacy Coalition and Interest Group Theories
Neoinstitutional Theory
Interpretivist Theories of Policymaking in Education
Critical Theory
Feminist Theory
Postmodernism
Ideological Perspectives: From Left to Right
Shortcomings of Interpretivist Theories of Policymaking
A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Policymaking in Education
Ethics and Social Justice: The Core of the Four-Dimensional Framework
Barriers to Ethical Considerations in Education Policy
Incorporating Ethics and Social Justice into Education Policy Studies
Chapter Discussion Questions
Seminal Works
References
The Policymaking Process
The Birth of Policy: Problem Definition, Agenda Setting, and Policy Formulation
Policy Vignette - The Problem of Defining Desegregation
Problem Definition
Conditions and Problems
Agenda Setting
The Role of the Media
Policy Vignette - Agenda Setting, Sputnik, and Education Policy
The Power of Language in Problem Definition and Agenda Setting
Policy Vignette - Defining Pathology: Who's At Risk?
The Role of Political Culture in Agenda Setting: The Normative Dimension
Institutional Effects on Agenda Setting: The Structural and Technical Dimensions
Interest Groups and Policy Formulation: The Constituentive Dimension
Chapter Discussion Questions
Seminal Works
References
Education Policy Implementation
Stages of Education Policy Implementation Research
Policy Implementation in Loosely Coupled Systems
Street-Level Bureaucrats
Policy Vignette - Implementing ESEA
Successful Policy Implementation
Normative Dimension
Structural Dimension
Constituentive Dimension
Technical Dimension
Spillover Effects
Conclusion
Chapter Discussion Questions
Seminal Works
References
Using Evaluation to Improve Education
Trends toward Better Policy Evaluation
The Policy Evaluation Process
Defining Policy Evaluation
History of Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Four Dimensions of Policy Evaluation
Policy Vignette - Evaluating Head Start
Policy Vignette - Evaluating Title I/Chapter I
The Normative Dimension
The Structural Dimension
The Constituentive Dimension
The Technical Dimension
Overcoming Barriers to Good Policy Evaluation
Research Organizations
Improving Education Policy Evaluation
Effects of Improved Policy Evaluation in Education
Normative Dimension
Structural Dimension
Constituentive Dimension
Technical Dimension
Chapter Assignments and Activities
Seminal Works
References
Education Policy and School Improvement: Applications and Cases
Better Governance, Better Schools: School Governance and Policy in Education
Policy Vignette - Community Control in New York City
The General Concept of Governance
Historical Foundations of Governance
Colonial to Common School (1620-1830)
Common School to Modern School (1830-1910)
Modern School to the Present (1910-2000)
Theoretical Foundations of Governance
Family State
State of Families
State of Individuals
Democratic State of Education
Dimensional Foundations of Governance
Federalism
Viewing Educational Governance through Different Policy Lenses
Normative Dimension
Structural Dimension
Constituentive Dimension
Technical Dimension
Conclusion
Chapter Assignments and Activities
Seminal Works
References
Better Policies for Improved Curriculum, Standards, and Testing
Normative Dimension
Legitimization
Compulsory Education Policies
Homeschooling: A More Recent Case
Types of Curriculum
Structural Dimension
The Case of California's Proposition 227
Constituentive Dimension
Technical Dimension
Academic Standards
Test Outcomes
Making Better Curriculum Policies
Chapter Assignments and Activities
Seminal Works
References
Accountability and School Improvement
Accountability in Education: A Brief History
The Role of the Federal Government
State Accountability Systems
Policy Vignette - Accountability Policy in North Carolina
Policy Vignette - Milwaukee's Three-Tiered Accountability System
Recent Trends in Accountability
The Value-Added Approach
State Takeovers
Public School Choice
Viewing Accountability through Different Policy Lenses
Normative Dimension
Structural Dimension
Constituentive Dimension
Technical Dimension
Chapter Assignments and Activities
Seminal Works
References
Improving Teacher Personnel Policies: Better Teachers, Better Schools
Normative Dimension
Structural Dimension
Constituentive Dimension
Policy Vignette - New York Teacher Preparation Reforms
Technical Dimension: Teacher Education Policy Trends
Teacher Union Policies
Policy Vignette - Yonkers, New York, Teachers' Strike
Law and Policy
Teacher Participation Policies
Teacher Policies Reviewed
Chapter Assignments and Activities
Seminal Works
References
School Finance and Equity: Better Policies, Better Use of Resources
Normative Dimension
Education as a Public and Private Good
Policy Biography - Theodore W. Schultz
Equity and Adequacy in Education Finance
Efficiency and Productivity
Choice and Accountability
Structural Dimension
Controlled from Where?
The States Step In
Local Responsibility
Grants and Allocations
Policy Biography - Ellwood P. Cubberley
Foundation Aid
Power Equalization
Decentralization and Privatization
Constituentive Dimension
Defining Equity
The Courts Intervene
Vertical and Horizontal Equity Together
Technical Dimension: Does Money Matter?
We're Spending Too Little--Needs Are Great and More Is Needed
We're Spending More and More--Getting Less and Less
We're Spending More, but Not on the Right Things
Policy Vignette - Western School District
We're Spending More, but It's Unrelated to Learning
Practical Issues: Improving School Productivity
Spending and Results
Future of Education Resource Policies
State Vouchers
Open Enrollment--Money Following the Student
Full-State Charter Schools
Chapter Assignments and Activities
Seminal Works
References
Charter School Policy
Normative Dimension
Structural Dimension: Examining the Policy Differences in State Charter School Laws
Equity in Policy Implementation
Policy Vignette - Do Charter Schools Increase Segregation?
Policy Vignette - Do Charter Schools Serve Special Education and Limited English Proficient Students?
Policy Vignette - Teacher Certification, Experience, and Staffing
Oversight and Accountability
Constituentive Dimension
Technical Dimension: Evaluating Charter School Performance
Barriers to Expansion
Viewing Accountability through Different Policy Lenses
Normative Dimension
Structural Dimension
Constituentive Dimension
Technical Dimension
Conclusion
Chapter Assignments and Activities
Seminal Works
References
Future Policies, Better Schools
Policy Vignette - "No Child Left Behind Act" of 2002
Normative Dimension
Structural and Constituentive Dimensions
Technical Dimension
Conclusion
References
Index

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