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ERIC Number: EJ782323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 38
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 120
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Pulling Together: Civic Capacity and Urban School Reform
Shipps, Dorothy
American Educational Research Journal, v40 n4 p841-878 2003
Educators often ignore the political requirements of urban reform in their focus on the research and models that guide it. Conversely, political scientists frequently miss the differences among reforms in their focus on coalitions and resources. Integrating Clarence N. Stone's concept of "civic capacity" with an educator's view of reform types creates a typology of urban school regimes that helps to explain which local political arrangements and coalitions are compatible with various versions of reform. This article applies the typology to Chicago schools, revealing that the civic capacity associated with some reform agendas involves narrow, rather than broad, coalitions; that multiple coalitions compete for the same civic resources; that subtle coalition changes can alter a reform agenda; and that reform itself produces unpredictable political consequences. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 24 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois