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ERIC Number: EJ1140915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
Seeing Like a State: How Educational Policy Misreads What Is Important in Schools
Knoester, Matthew; Parkison, Paul
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v53 n3 p247-262 2017
In this study, we examine how the standardizing effects of federal and state education policies in the United States reflect particular ways of understanding the structure and function of education and schooling. This understanding impacts how policies affect schools and those who work and depend upon them. We argue that the disparity between how policy makers see and control schools and how those who live and work in them experiencing this pressure leads to serious problems based on what we argue are the misunderstandings of the needs of local school communities. Standardization attempts to bring a simplistic and linear map to an intrinsically complex ecology, resulting in needless stress, distraction, and dehumanization in schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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