Research in Education Policy: Local, National, and Global Perspectives

Education is high on the policy agenda in nations around the world. The quality of human capital constitutes a primary driving force in the global system. Professional associations, businesses, think tanks, and other interest groups are developing strategies to transform teacher recruitment and training, improve school management, and expand parental choice. These policy redirections, however, often occur in the absence of research-based knowledge. Research findings can provide useful guide to the current policy debate on school reform and innovation. New models of intervention can be empirically examined by third parties who are neither program consumers nor designers. Researchers can also develop creative tools that would allow for longitudinal assessment of the value-added performance of students and teachers. This book series is devoted to the systematic study of education policy and school governance at the local, national, and global levels. Topics addressed include (1) education governance and management in a multi-layered policy organization, (2) the school?s relations with the family, markets, civil society, technological forces, class and social stratification, and other institutions, (3) the way instructional and schooling services are delivered to students in different national and local settings, and (4) alternative strategies to improve accountability and outcome based performance.