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Democratizing Educational Innovation and Improvement: The Policy Contexts of Improvement Research in Education

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Democratizing Educational Innovation and Improvement: The Policy Contexts of Improvement Research in Education

2021
Donald J. Peurach and colleagues at the University of Michigan School of Education examine the historical and contemporary policy contexts of improvement research in education to gain perspective on current efforts to democratize disciplined approaches to educational innovation and improvement.
 
The analysis has Peurach and colleagues calling for a new discourse about improvement research in education:
 
"Contemporary discourse is often skeptical, with the improvement movement subordinated to a hegemonic evidence movement in macro-level policy contexts and judged as sub-standard in an academy that has long privileged scientific over practical knowledge. The counter-discourse is often defensive, aimed at de-legitimizing and arguing away the status quo to claim its place. By contrast, our analysis suggests the need for a shared discourse that considers efforts to democratize disciplined approaches to educational innovation and improvement as potentially integral to the continuing evolution of US public education in pursuit of its most fundamental ambitions, within its bedrock architecture, at a moment of urgency and opportunity."
 
The essay will appear as a chapter in The Foundational Handbook on Improvement Research in Education, to be published in Winter 2022 by Rowman & Littlefield.
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