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ERIC Number: EJ792410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 129
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
An Ecology Metaphor for Educational Policy Analysis: A Call to Complexity
Weaver-Hightower, Marcus B.
Educational Researcher, v37 n3 p153-167 2008
Educational policy might productively be conceptualized with an ecology metaphor. Each policy, thus considered, exists within a complex system that reflects varied international, national, regional, and local dynamics. Using this metaphor provides policy analysts with a view of the regularities and irregularities of any policy, its process, its texts, its reception, and its degree of implementation. The characteristics of policy ecologies alert analysts to the possibilities of great transformation, for good or ill, and give them a way to conceptualize how such transformations occur. Perhaps most important, using an ecology metaphor suggests specific ways that progressive researchers might positively intervene in the policy process. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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