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ERIC Number: EJ1078399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Committees and Controversy: Consultants in the Construction of Education Policy
Gabriel, Rachael; Paulus, Trena
Educational Policy, v29 n7 p984-1011 Nov 2015
The increasingly common practice of engaging consulting firms to assist states with educational policy agendas requires an analysis of the role these consultants play in what is positioned as a democratic decision-making process. In this study, we examine the discourse of a state-level advisory committee formed to develop a new teacher evaluation policy under Race to the Top. We used discourse analysis methods to analyze audio recordings of 11 meetings of this committee. We identified two patterns of consultant talk as it related to committee decision making: making decisions through validation and deferring and redirecting decisions, and we describe their implications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)