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Policy Studies for Educational Leaders: An Introduction, CourseSmart eTextbook, 4th Edition

By Frances C. Fowler

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 6, 2012

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For courses in Educational Policy and Educational Leadership

For potential and actual 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.

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Chapter 1: Policy–What It Is and Where It Comes From                                       


Chapter 2Power and Education Policy                                                                       

Chapter 3The Economy and Demographics                                                               

Chapter 4The Political System and Political Culture


Chapter 5:  Values and Ideology                                                                                      



Chapter 6:  The Major Education Policy Actors                                                          

Chapter 7 Setting the Stage and Getting on It: Issue Definition and Agenda Setting    

Chapter 8Getting the Words and the Money: Policy Formulation and Policy Adoption       

Chapter 9Looking 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 12Education Policy in the United States: Retrospective and Prospective        




Useful Web Sites for Following Education Policy   


How to Locate Government Web Sites for Specific States


Name Index  


Subject Index

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