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New Directions in Education Policy Implementation
Confronting Complexity
New Directions in Education Policy Implementation
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Meredith I. Honig - Editor
Price: $89.50 
Hardcover - 300 pages
Release Date: July 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6819-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6819-7

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Paperback - 300 pages
Release Date: July 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6820-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6820-3

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Provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive review of contemporary research in education policy implementation.

A companion to Allan R. Odden’s Education Policy Implementation, also published by SUNY Press, this book presents original work by a new generation of scholars contributing to education policy implementation research. The contributors define education policy implementation as the product of the interaction among particular policies, people, and places. Their analyses of previous generations of implementation research reveal that contemporary findings not only build directly on lessons learned from the past, but also seek to deepen past findings. These contemporary researchers also break from the past by seeking a more nuanced, contingent, and rigorous theory-based explication of how implementation unfolds. They argue that researchers and practitioners can help improve education policy implementation by not asking simply what works, but rather focusing their attention on what works, for whom, where, when, and why.

“Meredith Honig has provided the education policy community with a gem. The beginning and ending chapters provide both context and synthesis of the state of the art of education policy implementation, and the intervening chapters each address important aspects of this issue, all noting the ambitiousness of policy goals and thus the complexity of policy implementation. This is a book for policymakers, policy scholars, and education leaders and practitioners.” — Allan R. Odden, editor of Education Policy Implementation

“All who have a part in shaping education policy should read this book. Complexity is the basic reality, and this book is an excellent primer for understanding its implications. Those who have responsibility for dealing with operational realities will find it a useful guide through the complicated terrain they must navigate.” — Clarence N. Stone, coauthor of Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools

Contributors include Jean Anyon, Cynthia E. Coburn, Amanda Datnow, Michael Dumas, Andrea E. Evans, Louis Gomez, Heather Hill, Meredith I. Honig, Susanna Loeb, Betty L. Malen, Patrick McEwan, Milbrey W. McLaughlin, Brian Reiser, Mark A. Smylie, James P. Spillane, and Mary Kay Stein.

Meredith I. Honig is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington at Seattle.




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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Complexity and Policy Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for the Field
Meredith I. Honig

2. Communities of Practice Theory and the Role of Teacher Professional Community in Policy Implementation
Cynthia E. Coburn and Mary Kay Stein

3. Policy Implementation and Cognition: The Role of Human, Social, and Distributed Cognition in Framing Policy Implementation
James P. Spillane, Brian Reiser, and Louis M. Gomez

4. Language Matters: How Characteristics of Language Complicate Policy Implementation
Heather C. Hill

5. Revisiting Policy Implementation as a Political Phenomenon: The Case of Reconstitution Policies
Betty Malen

6. Connections in the Policy Chain: The “Co-construction” of Implementation in Comprehensive School Reform
Amanda Datnow

7. Building Policy from Practice: Implementation as Organizational Learning
Meredith I. Honig

8. Toward a Critical Approach to Education Policy Implementation: Implications for the (Battle)Field
Michael J. Dumas and Jean Anyon

9. An Economic Approach to Education Policy Implementation
Susanna Loeb and Patrick J. McEwan

10. Social Capital and the Problem of Implementation
Mark A. Smylie and Andrea E. Evans

11. Implementation Research in Education: Lessons Learned, Lingering Questions, and New Opportunities
Milbrey W. McLaughlin

Bibliography
Contributors
Index



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