New Directions In Education Policy Implementation: Confronting Complexity

New Directions In Education Policy Implementation: Confronting Complexity

New Directions in Education Policy Implementation: Confronting Complexity

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.

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"Meredith Honig has provided the education policy community with a gem."

"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." -- Clarence N. Stone, coauthor of Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools...

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