ERIC Number: ED348753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
School Restructuring and the Gap between Policy and Practice.
Goldwasser, Matthew L.
The relationship between policymaking and implementation and its impact on educational change is explored in this descriptive study of a proposed doctoral research project. Attention is given to how the theory-practice relationship is conceptualized by key participants in the formation of a particular reform. Methodology will involve interviews with state and local policymakers, principals, teachers, and parents in schools engaged in restructuring; content analysis of documents; and historiographic research. Each participant will be asked to identify educational theorists, reform documents, and other influential educational writings that they consider to be both valuable and/or present in their schools. Findings from pilot interviews conducted with three Colorado policymakers about the meaning of restructuring and observation of a grassroots parents' group in the Boulder area are described. An assumption of the study is that the gap between policy and practice helps to explain why change is so problematic. (Contains 13 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).