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Education Policy and Evaluation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080238562, 9781483153544

Education Policy and Evaluation

1st Edition

A Context for Change

Author: Louise K. Comfort
eBook ISBN: 9781483153544
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1982
Page Count: 214
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Education Policy and Evaluation: A Context for Change offers one perspective in defining the problems of public policy in education and some suggestions for redirection. Based on research conducted at five major school districts in California, this book reveals children's expectations for public education, as well as the performance of public schools and their vision for the future. The areas of strength and weakness in educational policy are discussed, along with the needs for revision in educational policy and performance.

Comprised of seven chapters, this book begins with an assessment of serious failure in public education, citing the proliferation of programs, personnel and administrative structures in public education without adequate design, coordination, implementation, evaluation, or adaptation to meet basic educational needs or to solve the complex problems implicit in the delivery of public educational services. Subsequent chapters focus on the concept of social innovation and the role of the federal government as an agent of educational change; the tension between structure and process in educational policy; the problem of specification in the implementation of educational policy; and evaluation as an instrument for educational change.

This monograph will be of interest to students, parents, educators, community leaders, legislators, scholars, school administrators, and educational policymakers.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 The Problem: Serious Failure in Public Educational Programs

2 The Enormity Of The Task: Educational Needs and Policy Prerequisites

3 Unresolved Conflicts in Educational Practice: The Relationship Between Law and Policy

4 The Administrative Network: The Tension Between Structure and Process in Educational Policy

5 Goals and Means: The Problem of Specification in the Implementation Of Educational Policy

6 Evaluation as an Instrument for Educational Change

7 A Model for Educational Change




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