ERIC Number: ED327005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Politics of State Educational Policymaking: Usefulness of the Kingdon Model.
Holderness, Susan Tanner
Controversy surrounding the definition of the gifted student, as enacted through New Mexico's Public School Reform Act of 1986 (S.B. 106) is examined in this study. The Kingdon decision-making model is applied to examine the reasons for the persistence of the policy definition of "gifted," despite continuing controversy. The summary discusses the usefulness of the model for education at the micro level and for explaining how issues are defined as significant. Changing the policymaking process requires problem identification and awareness, the existence of viable alternatives, timing, and the presence of an advocate network. A conclusion is that the key to understanding policy change is the discovery of factors for an idea's acceptance and institutionalization. One figure is included. (19 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Mexico
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Pittsburgh, PA, October 26-28, 1990).