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Written by a leading name in the field of educational policy, the third edition of Policy Studies for Educational Leaders once again encourages future educational leaders to be proactive rather than reactive, and equips them with an understanding of educational policy and the important political theories upon which policy is based. Coverage not only addresses theory, analysis, development, and implementation of educational policy, but also explores the reasons for change in educational policy, the ways to track its evolution, and the techniques for influencing its ultimate destination.
The third edition of this comprehensive text has been updated to include the most recent educational policy current events and research. Chapter 12 now includes a lengthy discussion of the No Child Left Behind Act while Chapter 3 now includes new economic information that takes into account the expected downturn of the business cycle and the impact of the war in Iraq. The book also contains new research on implementers as learners as well as research on the challenges of scaling programs up from one or from a few sites to many.
Other mainstay features of this text include end-of-chapter learning and review exercises; two appendices of URLs that aid students in locating policy information online; a new emphasis on policy on the state level; and a glossary that helps students understand the nomenclature of the of the educational policy field.
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Written by a leading name in the area of educational policy, the third edition of this comprehensive text once again encourages future educational leaders to be proactive rather than reactive, and equips them with an understanding of educational policy and the important political theories upon which it is based.
Coverage not only addresses theory, analysis, development, and implementation of educational policy, but also explores the reasons for change in educational policy, ways to track its evolution, and techniques for influencing its ultimate destination. Finally, it wraps up with a look at the history of educational policy that helps put everything that has come before into an understandable context.
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L. Dean Webb & M. Scott Norton ISBN 0132397714; 9780132397711Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
According to proverbial wisdom, necessity is the mother of invention. Proverbial wisdom is certainly correct in the case of Policy Studies for Educational Leaders: An Introduction. The idea for this book was born in the summer of 1990 when, new Ph.D. in hand, I was invited to teach a graduate course in education policy at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. After discovering no suitable textbooks, I ordered a few paperbacks on current issues and put together a course packet consisting of articles on various aspects of education policy. Although my students were bright and motivated, I often felt frustrated; none had taken a college course in political science and few had been involved in the policy process at any level. I found, therefore, that I had to devote much class time to filling in the gaps in their knowledge. Often I longed for a good textbook that would provide basic information, freeing up precious class time for substantive discussions of policy issues.
That fall I began a new position at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where one of my responsibilities was a graduate course in education policy. As I worked with my students over the next few years, my earlier feelings were reinforced. The lack of a good, basic text hampered my teaching in various ways. Thus, the idea for this book was born. As I revised and restructured the course during those years, I also gathered materials for a future textbook, developing an organizational structure and a series of learning materials for students.
TEXT PHILOSOPHY AND FOCUS
Policy Studies for Educational Leaders: An Introduction is based on the following set of beliefs:
This book is divided into twelve chapters, which can be grouped in the following four categories:
I have tried to make this book as user friendly as possible for both students and professors. To that end, I have provided the following special features:
NEW TO THIS EDITION
Much has happened since I prepared the final manuscript of the first edition in 1998: the technology revolution has continued unabated, a new census has been taken, the booming 1990s economy has faltered, the United States has experienced one of the most closely contested presidential elections of its history, and terrorist attacks on New York and Washington have led to a threat of war abroad and an unprecedented state of alert at home. In education policy, both school choice and standards-based reform have flourished; and concerns about the achievement gap related to race and class have grown. Therefore, numerous changes were needed for this second edition. I will briefly describe them below.
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