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ERIC Number: EJ1138310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1555-5062
Influential Spheres: Examining Actors' Perceptions of Education Governance
Thier, Michael; Smith, Joanna; Pitts, Christine; Anderson, Ross
International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, v11 n9 2016
Many layers of education governance press upon U.S. schools, so we separated state actors into those internal to and those external to the system. In the process, we unpacked the traditional state-local dichotomy. Using interview data (n = 45) from six case-study states, we analyzed local leaders', state-internal actors', and state-external players' perceptions of implementation flexibility and hindrances across several policy areas. We observed how interviewees' spheres of influence linked to which policy areas they viewed as salient or not, and their relative emphases on "who" and "what" within state education systems contributed to implementation flexibility and/or hindrances, and "how" these factors played out. We found important differences by sphere: the local sphere produced the most coherent findings, and state-internal was least coherent. We discuss implications for education governance research, applications for practitioners and policymakers, and a methodological contribution.
PDK International, Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Web site:
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Indiana; Kentucky; Ohio; Oregon; Tennessee
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