ERIC Number: EJ1097677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Engaging Effectively in the Policy-Making Process
McLaughlin, Virginia L.; West, Jane E.; Anderson, Jeffrey A.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v39 n2 p134-149 May 2016
Current political polarization and competing priorities complicate development of sound education policy. Particularly troubling is the disconnect between research and policy, as decision makers rely more on the work of think tanks and advocacy groups than the knowledge base of the profession. The mismatch between higher education and policy cultures is examined in terms of pace, career cycles, communication styles, information sources, and other factors. Implications for the scholarly community are discussed within a policy process framework with specific examples of effective advocacy. Recommendations include partnerships with strategic allies to gain resources and credibility, use of new communication styles and media, and preparation of leadership personnel for policy engagement.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Higher Education, Educational Change, Philanthropic Foundations, Advocacy, Public Relations, Social Media, Educational Research, Theory Practice Relationship, Agenda Setting, Adoption (Ideas), Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, Special Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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