For courses in Educational Policy and Educational Leadership;
For potential and current K-12 administrators
From a leader in the field–a comprehensive text covering education policy and the policy process that encourages future educational leaders to be proactive–and gives them a firm understanding of educational policy and the important political theories upon which it is based.
While expressing the belief that it is important for today’s school leaders to know how to track educational policies and to seek to influence them, Frances Fowler, a well respected authority in the field of educational policy, recognizes that most leaders have little or no background in political science or policy studies and even less experience with the state politics of education. For these future and current administrators, Professor Fowler presents essential background information about the cultural, economic, demographic, and institutional roots of educational policy. She identifies and describes the major policy actors, and gives educators in depth descriptions of each stage of the policy process, complete with numerous examples of how policy unfolds in the development of educational policy. A goal of the book is to ensure that educational leaders understand the basic political theories that underpin educational policy development. To that end, the author provides example of how to apply this knowledge in everyday practice.
PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND OF EDUCATION POLICY
Chapter 1: Policy–What It Is and Where It Comes From
Chapter 2: Power and Education Policy
Chapter 3: The Economy and Demographics
Chapter 4: The Political System and Political Culture
Chapter 5: Values and Ideology
PART TWO: POLICY ACTORS AND THE POLICY PROCESS
Chapter 6: The Major Education Policy Actors
Chapter 7: Setting the Stage and Getting on It: Issue Definition and Agenda Setting
Chapter 8: Getting the Words and the Money: Policy Formulation and Policy Adoption
Chapter 9: Looking at Policies: Policy Instruments and Cost Effectiveness
Chapter 10: Policy Implementation: Getting People to Carry Out a Policy
Chapter 11: Policy Evaluation: Determining If the Policy Works
Chapter 12: Education Policy in the United States: Retrospective and Prospective
Useful Web Sites for Following Education Policy
How to Locate Government Web Sites for Specific States
The Fourth Edition of this highly authoritative, widely-popular text features all new “News Stories for Analysis” sections, new information on the economy and demographic information based on the 2010 census, a chart that links parts of the book and the new ISLCC standards, a section on distributive leadership and power, a section on the Tea Party Movement, an up-dated discussion of the factions within the Democratic party, many opportunities to use the Internet to further explore the concepts, new figures and tables, and a glossary of important terms.
- Opportunities for pertinent classroom discussions or writing assignments about current issues in the all new “News Stories for Analysis” sections throughout the book help to bring the concepts to life for students.
- Students are lead to a better understanding of the policy issues facing schools today through new information on the economy, including the Great Recession, as well as demographic information based on the 2010 census. (Chapter 5)
- To help students see how their course relates to what is expected of them professionally, the links between various parts of the book and new ISLCC standards are made clear on a chart included on the inside front cover.
- Students get additional current, immediately useful knowledge they can use as they think about various matters and act on them. Included is a section on distributive leadership and power, a section on the Tea Party Movement, and an up-dated discussion of the factions within the Democratic party.
- Students get a chance to use the Internet to track educational policy through the book’s numerous Internet assignments at the end of most chapters. In addition, two appendices of URLs offer students and teachers a ready-made repertoire of Internet resources to use for in-class and homework assignments, as well as individual self-study projects.
- Important points are made particularly clear through a variety of illustrative figures and tables throughout the book.
- Special terminology is highlighted in a glossary of important terms at the end of the book.
Students get a comprehensive look at all aspects of educational policy—theory, analysis, development, and implementation. They also see the reasons for change in educational policy, ways to track its evolution, and techniques for influencing its ultimatedestination.
The issues are all put into perspective for readers through an enlightening look at the history of educational policy.
The major concepts are reinforced for students through News Stories for Analysis and Case Studies sections that address current issues such as charter schools, bilingual education, high-stakes testing, and the implementation of the No Child Left Behind act.
Readers get understandable, up-to-date information presented through numerous current examples of educational policy issues and problems.
The concepts are made exceptionally clear through focus questions at the beginning of each chapter and instructional activities and suggestions for further reading at the ends of chapters.