Educational policy continues to be of major concern. This AERA-sponsored Handbook presents two themes of defining the theoretical boundaries and methodological approaches of education policy research.
Education is no longer just about what happens in classrooms and schools, but increasingly is about the rules and regulations that drive our education system - from governance and finance to curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Virtually all aspects of the education enterprise (at all levels) are now the objects of policy research. Defining the boundaries of this fast growing and wide ranging field is the objective of this comprehensive, AERA sponsored Handbook.
Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction, Gary Sykes, Barbara Schneider, and Timothy G. Ford Section I: Social Science Disciplines and Education Policy Research Section Editors: Barbara Schneider and David N. Plank 1. Historians and Education Policy Research in the United States, Maris A. Vinovskis 2. Policy Research in Education: The Economic View, Martin Carnoy 3. The Economic Value of Education and Cognitive Skills, Eric A. Hanushek 4. A Political Science Perspective on Education Policy Analysis, Lorraine M. McDonnell 5. Perspectives from the Disciplines: Sociological Contributions to Education Policy Research and Debates, Douglas Lee Lauen and Karolyn Tyson 6. Current Approaches to Research in Anthropology and Education, Maressa L. Dixon, Kathryn M. Borman, and Bridget A. Cotner 7. Making Education Research More Policy-Analytic, David L. Weimer 8. Commentary: Disciplined Education Policy Research, Michael J. Feuer 9. Commentary: The Disciplinary Foundations of Education Policy Research, Adam Gamoran Section II: Conducting Policy Research: Methodological Pespectives Section Editors: Barbara Schneider and David N. Plank 10. Separate Orbits: The Distinctive Worlds of Educational Research and Policymaking, Martin Orland 11. The Use of Randomized Trials to Inform Education Policy, Geoffrey D. Borman 12. Causal Inference in Non-Experimental Educational Policy Research, David Kaplan 13. Research Synthesis and Education Policy, Therese D. Pigott 14. Complementary Methods for Policy Research, Laura M. Desimone 15. Assessment Policy: Making Sense of the Babel, Joan L. Herman and Eva L. Baker 16. Scale-Up as a Framework for Intervention, Program, and Policy Evaluation Research, Sarah Kathryn McDonald 17. Commentary: Conducting Policy Research: Methodological Perspectives, Spyros Konstantopoulos 18. Commentary: An Applied Perspective on Research, Method, and Policy, Christopher B. Swanson Section III: Politics and the Policy Process Section Editor: Jane Clark Lindle 19. Education and Domination: Reforming Policy and Practice through Critical Theory, Carlos Alberto Torres and Richard Van Heertum 20. Race, Ethnicity, and Education, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson 21. 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. Stovall 22. Rhetoric and Symbolic Action in the Policy Process, Lisa Rosen 23. The Role of Law in Educational Policy Formation, Implementation, and Research, Julie F. Mead 24. Teacher Collective Bargaining: What We Know and What We Need to Know, Julia E. Koppich and Mary Alice Callahan 25. The Voice of the People in Education Policy, Rebecca Jacobsen 26. Assessment Policy and Politics of Information, Jane Clark Lindle 27. What Works in Defining "What Works" in Educational Improvement: Lessons from Education Policy Implementation Research, Directions for Future Research, Meredith I. Honig 28. Conceptualizing Policy Implementation: Large-Scale Reform in an Era of Complexity, Amanda Datnow and Vicki Park 29. Public Choice and the Political Economy of American Education, Martin West 30. Research in the Policy Process, Marshall S. Smith and Matthew L. Smith 31. Commentary: Politics and the Policy Process, Jane Hannaway 32. Commentary: Getting "Critically Real" About the State of Education Politics and Policy Process Research, V. Darleen Opfer Section IV: Policy Implications of Educational Resources, Management, and Organization Section Editor: Linda Skrla 33. Notes on Reframing the Role of the Organizations in Policy Implementation: Resources for Practice, in Practice, James P. Spillane, Louis M. Gomez, and Leigh Mesler 34. What Do We Know About Reducing Class and School Size? June Ahn and Dominic J. Brewer 35. Conceptions, Measurement and Application of Educational Adequacy and Equal Educational Opportunity, Bruce D. Baker and Preston C. Green, III 36. Whether and How Money Matters in K-12 Education, Margaret L. Plecki and Tino A. Castaneda 37. School Reconstitution and School Improvement: Theory and Evidence, Betty Malen and Jennifer King Rice 38. Charter School Policy Issues and Research Questions, Sandra Vergari 39. Vouchers, John F. Witte 40. A Market for Knowledge? Frederick M. Hess 41. Market Reforms in Education, Clive R. Belfield and Henry M. Levin 42. Commentary: A Call to Studied Action: Lessons from Research on Policies Designed to Improve the Organization and Management of Schooling, Steve Cantrell 43. Commentary: Improvement or Reinvention: Two Policy Approaches to School Reform, Rodney T. Ogawa Section V: Teaching and Learning Policy Section Editor: Gary Sykes 44. Opportunity to Learn, William H. Schmidt and Adam Maier 45. The Reading and Math Wars, Alan H. Schoenfeld and P. David Pearson 46. Language Policy in Education, Patricia Gandara and M. Cecilia Gomez 47. Teacher Quality and Teacher Labor Markets, Tara Beteille and Susanna Loeb 48. Teacher Preparation and Teacher Learning: A Changing Policy Landscape, Linda Darling-Hammond, Ruth Chung Wei, with Christy Marie Johnson 49. 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. Camburn 50. Measurement and Improvement of Teacher-Child Interactions: Implications for Policy and Accountability Frameworks of Standardized Observation, Robert C. Pianta and Bridget K. Hamre 51. Closing Achievement Gaps, George Farkas 52. New Technology, Yong Zhao and Jing Lei 53. Education and the Shrinking State, David N. Plank and Venessa Keesler 54. Commentary: Research on Teaching and Learning, Barbara R. Foorman 55. Commentary: Informing Teaching and Learning Policy, Robert E. Floden Section VI: Actors and Institutions in the Policy Process Section Editor: Carolyn Herrington 56. International and Transnational Policy Actors in Education: A Review of the Research, Karen Mundy with Mona Ghali 57. New Approaches to Understanding Federal Involvement in Education, Lora Cohen-Vogel and Michael K. McLendon 58. The Expansion of State Policy Research, Kathryn A. McDermott 59. The District Role in Instructional Improvement, Gary Sykes, Jennifer O'Day, and Timothy G. Ford 60. Pushing on the Paradigm: Research on Teachers' Organizations as Policy Actors, Nina Bascia 61. Local Democracy in Education, Michael Mintrom 62. The Politics of (Im)Prudent State-level Homeschooling Policies, Catherine A. Lugg and Andrea K. Rorrer 63. Student Voice and Student Roles in Education Policy and Policy Reform, Dana L. Mitra 64. Looking Forward: Toward a New Role in Promoting Educational Equity for Students with Disabilities from Low-Income Backgrounds, Thomas Hehir 65. Commentary: Research on Actors and Institutions Involved in Education Policy: Themes, Tensions, and Topics to Explore, Martha McCarthy 66. Commentary: Nested Actors and Institutions: The Need for Better Theory, Data