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What exactly is education policy, why is it important, and how is it implemented in the real world? Jerome Delaney, a professor of educational administration and former high school principal, answers the big questions about education policy in this powerful and practical primer for students. Informed by his experience in the public school system, Delaney takes a pragmatic and realistic approach that divides a complicated subject into manageable sub-topics. He grounds the debate at the classroom level: after all, that’s where the effects of high-level policy decisions ultimately play out.

Starting from the basics and progressing through to the deeper aspects of education policy, this text provides an excellent introduction to a subject that lies at the foundation of every education system. This second edition includes a new chapter on issues relating to policy implementation, as well as new discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Topics include:

  • A beginner’s overview of education policy studies.
  • How values influence policy-making.
  • How education policy is developed, implemented, and evaluated.
  • The role of policy in education reform.
  • The future of education policy as schools adapt to changing societies.

Table of Contents

1. An Overview of Education Policy
2. Values and Principles in Education Policy
3. Types of Education Policies
4. Policy Analysis
5. Policy Development
6. Policy Implementation
7. Policy Evaluation
8. Policy Dissemination
9. Policy and Regulations
10. The Role of Research in Policy-Making
11. Issues and Concerns in Policy Development
12. Policy and Education Reform
13. A Research Study on Education Policy
14. The Future of Education Policy
15. Concluding Thoughts

This book presents a clear and comprehensive overview of policy for academics, administrators, teachers, and students.

Canadian Journal of Education

Jerome G. Delaney

Jerome G. Delaney, PhD, is an associate professor of educational administration in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017. His primary research areas are education law, education policy, and effective teaching.  Prior to becoming an academic, he was a teacher and principal in Newfoundland and Labrador’s K–12 public school system.