ERIC Number: ED423586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Multifocal Educational Policy Research: Toward a Method for Enhancing Traditional Educational Policy Studies.
Young, Michelle, D.
This paper emerges from a perception of educational policy studies as restrained in its theoretical and methodological tools. It is argued that because most educational policy studies take place within a traditional rationalist frame, the findings of these studies do not provide a comprehensive understanding of the policy problems being researched and, thus, should not be used as a basis for making educational policy. In response to this problem, this paper describes a procedure for and demonstrates the utility of using more than one theoretical frame in educational policy research. To illustrate this process, traditional and critical policy theories and methods are used to examine and analyze the same issue--the relationship between parental involvement policy and the participation of Mexican-American mothers from a low-income community in their children's education. This bi-theoretical process, it is argued, reveals not only a fuller portrait but also the narrowness and constructedness of each theory when used alone. Contains 35 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the University Council for Educational Administration (Orlando, FL, October, 1997).