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New Directions in Education Policy Implementation


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Acknowledgments 1. Complexity and Policy Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for the Field Meredith I. Honig 2. Communities of Practice Theory and the Role of Teacher Professional Community in Policy Implementation Cynthia E. Coburn and Mary Kay Stein 3. Policy Implementation and Cognition: The Role of Human, Social, and Distributed Cognition in Framing Policy Implementation James P. Spillane, Brian Reiser, and Louis M. Gomez 4. Language Matters: How Characteristics of Language Complicate Policy Implementation Heather C. Hill 5. Revisiting Policy Implementation as a Political Phenomenon: The Case of Reconstitution Policies Betty Malen 6. Connections in the Policy Chain: The "Co-construction" of Implementation in Comprehensive School Reform Amanda Datnow 7. Building Policy from Practice: Implementation as Organizational Learning Meredith I. Honig 8. Toward a Critical Approach to Education Policy Implementation: Implications for the (Battle)Field Michael J. Dumas and Jean Anyon 9. An Economic Approach to Education Policy Implementation Susanna Loeb and Patrick J. McEwan 10. Social Capital and the Problem of Implementation Mark A. Smylie and Andrea E. Evans 11. Implementation Research in Education: Lessons Learned, Lingering Questions, and New Opportunities Milbrey W. McLaughlin Bibliography Contributors Index

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Meredith I. Honig is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington at Seattle.


"Meredith Honig has provided the education policy community with a gem."
"All who have a part in shaping education policy should read this book. Complexity is the basic reality, and this book is an excellent primer for understanding its implications."

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