Influential Spheres: Examining Actors’ Perceptions of Education Governance

International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

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Title Influential Spheres: Examining Actors’ Perceptions of Education Governance
 
Creator Thier, Michael
Smith, Joanna
Pitts, Christine
Anderson, Ross
 
Subject Education; Policy
education governance, education policy, state and local perspectives
 
Description Many layers of education governance press upon U.S. schools, so we separated state actors into those internal to and those external to the system. In the process, we unpacked the traditional state–local dichotomy. Using interview data (n = 45) from six case-study states, we analyzed local leaders’, state-internal actors’, and state-external players’ perceptions of implementation flexibility and hindrances across several policy areas. We observed how interviewees’ spheres of influence linked to which policy areas they viewed as salient or not, and their relative emphaseson who and what within state education systems contributed to implementation flexibility and/or hindrances, and how these factors played out. We found important differences by sphere: the local sphere produced the most coherent findings, and state-internal was least coherent. We discuss implications for education governance research, applications for practitioners and policymakers, and a methodological contribution.
 
Publisher IJEPL is a joint publication of PDK International, SFU, and GMU
 
Contributor Thomas B. Fordham Institute
 
Date 2017-01-03
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
research-article
Qualitative; Case Study; Interview
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/682
 
Source International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership; Vol 11, No 9 (2016): Influential Spheres: Examining Actors’ Perceptions of Education Governance
1555-5062
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/682/166
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Michael Thier, Joanna Smith, Christine Pitts, Ross Anderson
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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