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ERIC Number: EJ888983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Dissent from within: How Educational Insiders Use Protest to Create Policy Change
Grossman, Frank D.
Educational Policy, v24 n4 p655-686 Jul 2010
This article utilizes social movement theory to analyze policy change created by site-based educators. The author uses a qualitative case study to examine how an organization comprised of teachers and administrators in New York State used protest to protect a waiver, which exempted students in their schools from having to pass statewide graduation exams. The author finds that the educators' ability to mobilize resources and to strategically frame their struggle in a manner that resonated with policymakers allowed the educator activists to capitalize on emerging controversies surrounding the state's assessment system and create policy change. This article provides a framework to understand how marginalized actors within systems of schooling organize to create change. Such a framework is becoming increasingly relevant as educators attempt to create space for local practice in the current top-down policy environment. (Contains 18 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York