Gary Sykes is a Professor of Educational Administration and Teacher Education at Michigan State University. He specializes in educational policy relating to teaching and teacher education. His research interests center on policy issues associated with the improvement of teaching and teacher education, on the development of leadership preparation programs, and on educational choice as an emerging policy issue. Barbara Schneider is a John A. Hannah University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She holds research appointments at the University of Chicago and NORC, where she is Principal Investigator of the Data Research and Development Center (DRDC). She has published 12 books and over 100 articles and reports on family, social context of schooling, and sociology of knowledge. Professor Schneider is currently conducting a collaborative study with the Michigan Department of Education on using administrative data to make state education policy decision. She was selected by the American Sociological Association as the editor of Sociology of Education. David N. Plank is Executive Director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), an independent policy research center based at the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Southern California. He was previously a professor at Michigan State University, where he founded and directed the Education Policy Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1983. In addition to his work on education policy in the U.S., he has served as a consultant in the areas of educational policy and finance to international organizations including the World Bank, the UNDP, the OECD, USAID, and the Ford Foundation, and also to governments in Africa and Latin America.
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 Educational 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 Perspectives 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,