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ERIC Number: EJ817825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Theorizing the Politics of Educational Reform: The Case of New Jersey's Alternate Route to Teacher Certification
Tamir, Eran
American Journal of Education, v115 n1 p65-95 Nov 2008
Employing Bourdieu's notion of social field, this research conceptualizes New Jersey's alternate route to teacher certification as a contested arena, in which the interests, ideologies, and visions of different stake-holders regarding the character of public education have collided. Findings for this study are primarily based on data from the New Jersey State Archives and on other open public documents. I conclude that during the 1980s New Jersey became one of the leading states in developing educational policies that excluded teacher unions and teacher educators from the positions of power they formerly held in the field of educational policy, gradually subordinating them to the power of the state. (Contains 1 figure and 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey