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ERIC Number: EJ1117134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Culture, Politics, and Policy Interpretation: How Practitioners Make Sense of a Transfer Policy in a 2-Year College
Chase, Megan M.
Educational Policy, v30 n7 p959-998 Nov 2016
Understanding how educational practitioners make sense of and subsequently implement policy has been an increasingly important objective of the K-12 research community. This study extends this research into higher education via an in-depth case study of an urban public 2-year technical college. Drawing on sensemaking theory and critical policy analysis, five primary factors are discussed that significantly influence policy interpretation. These factors include common fixtures within higher education, such as institutional identity and self-interest, and other factors, such as national narratives and perceptions of the target population. The findings also suggest that policy interpretation can influence whether a policy improves equity or maintains the status quo. Finally, by highlighting the roles of race and power within this social context, this study identifies critical implications for how policy can be successfully implemented or, as in this case, resisted and opportunistically disregarded.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
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