Catalog of Materials for 
Policy Studies

updated 5/15/18 NEW ITEMS!

Administrative Concerns

All Schools are Little Wheels: the J. Fred Muggs Effect -- Pop-Psychology misinformation guides policy.

America 2000 and Consensus -- We all know what a successful reform that was! But why?

The Analysis of Policy: can philosophy help? -- Philosophers underestimate the constraints policy-makers face.

Analysis of a School Drug Policy -- targets, administrators, costs, benefits and constraints.

Avoiding Medication Errors: Examining the Policy for Testing the Proficiency of Student Nurses

Bad Apples or Sour Pickles?
Fundamental Attribution Error and the Columbine Massacre

Career-Based Curriculum Policies In
Liberal Arts Colleges And Universities
-- What issues are they facing?

Classification Error in Evaluation Practice:
the impact of the "false positive" on educational practice and policy

Classroom Issues

Cloning Student Voice -- But there are always competing voices.

Controlling the School: Institutionalization -- Formalism vs Goal Focus.

A Voice Between Realms: Examining the Call to Defund National Public Radio

Diversity Issues

The Dynamics of Teacher Certification -- mythologies of competition

Education Policy: a bibliography

Employee Resistance to Organizational Change -- Rational Bases for resistance.

Fiscal Policy Effects on Grade Inflation -- Negative spin-offs from desirable inputs.

The Fractalization of Social Enterprise -- unbounded iterations of consensus, authority, and efficiency

High School Athletics Steroid Prohibition -- a policy analysis

Higher Education Issues

History Studies

Indeterminacy of Consensus, The -- Why policy-making is often "muddling through."

Identity of structure

Literacy Instruction -- Promoting Quality Assurance

Mechanisms for Policy Reversal -- Rhetorical Inversion: the value of good "jawboning."

Mentoring: Are We Serious? -- the spinoffs are hard to predict.

Mission vs. Function -- Organizational constraints on educational aspiration.

Name Dropping Is Not Enough: faking it with buzzwords

Organizational Theory

Policy Slogan Analysis -- Examining "teacher accountability."

Policy Types -- Analysis diagrams

The Policymaking Function of the Faculty Senate -- Models of academic decision making.

Problem Analysis Worksheet: How do stakeholder perceptions affect outcomes?

Productivity, Politics and Hypocrisy in American Public Education: school organization as instrument and expression
Political concerns undermine productivity; and, vice-versa.

Pluralism and Rationality -- Can policy-making survive in the tension between these two?

Questionable Assumptions in Social Decision Making -- On what assumptions does policy-making rest?

Rationales for Intervention: From Test to Treatment to Policy

Reifications -- dehumanizing slogans

The School As Organization -- the interplay of different organizational models and their corresponding policy types.

School Computer Use Policy: a critical analysis

School District Policy Analysis: Internet Access

School Violence, Punishment and Justice -- -- What's the problem? What's the cure? Is it satisfactory?

Schools' Zero-Tolerance Policies -- effective deterrent?

Two Faces of American Public Education -- the technical and the political

What is a System? A "top-down" explanation -- chart of explanations and comments.

What is Special Education Supposed to Accomplish?

Who Controls Teachers’ Work? Power and Accountability in America's Schools. -- book review