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
Qualitative; Case Study; Interview
Format application/pdf
Source International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership; Vol 11, No 9 (2016): Influential Spheres: Examining Actors’ Perceptions of Education Governance
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Michael Thier, Joanna Smith, Christine Pitts, Ross Anderson

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