EFOP 2010 - EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS, MACRO POLICY, AND POLITICS, MA
This course is based on theoretical and empirical insights on continuity and change in education policy and its impacts. Organizational theories provide a framework for understanding educational organizations - early childhood centers, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and beyond - and over-arching approaches to educational reform. Students will employ a range of lenses to examine policy including equity, productivity and efficiency, choice, and international comparison. In so doing, the course attends to big issues and trends in education policy such as: (a) the ways that educational organizations are embedded within and shaped by a stratified society and occupational system; (b) how educational policies at the federal- and state-level and other macro-policy levers support and constrain education at the local level; (c) how policymaking processes occur within an inherently political process; and (d) how contemporary educational systems have been impacted by broader social movements including standardization, accountability, and consumer choice. For master's degree students.
Hayley R. Weddle