Getting "Critically Real" About the State of Education Politics and Policy Process Research

Published in: Handbook of Education Policy Research / Gary Sykes, Barbara Schneider, David N. Plank (eds.) (New York: Routledge ; Washington, D.C.: American Educational Research Association, 2009), Chapter 32, p. 402-406

Posted on on January 01, 2009

by V. Darleen Opfer

This chapter discusses educational politics and policy process research and illustrates the ways research can utilize a transdisciplinary approach to address educational concerns of equity, efficiency, student learning, and educational outcomes.

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