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Apple, Michael W., "Politics and National Curriculum Policy," Curriculum Inquiry, 7(Winter, 1977), 355-361., Michael W. Apple

Annotation: Reviews documents from NIE's Curriculum Development Task Force in terms of political perspectives.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum

Atkin, J. Myron, "The Government in the Classroom," Daedulus , 109(Summer, 1980), 85-97., J. Myron Atkin

Annotation: Traces the involvement of government in curriculum and teaching and observes some of the negative effects of this involvement.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Local Control of Schooling, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Atkin, J. Myron, and Ernest R. House, "The Federal Role in Curriculum Development: 1950-1980," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 3(September-October, 1981), 5-36.*, J. Myron Atkin and Ernest R. House

Annotation: Traces the history of U. S. government support for curriculum development between 1950 and 1980.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Development, Organization, Design
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Curriculum History

Au, Wayne, and Joseph J. Ferrare, eds., Mapping Corporate Education Reform: Power and Policy Networks in the Neoliberal State. New York: Routledge, 2015., Wayne Au and Joseph J. Ferrare

Annotation: Presents several studies using policy network analysis to demonstrate the webs of involvement of corporate and other non-governmental organizations in governing educational reform under neoliberal assumptions; examples include Teach For America, Pearson, and others from US, China, and Chile.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Scientific/Empirical Inquiry
Type of Study: Collection of Studies
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Hidden Curriculum, Ideology and School Knowledge, Religious & Private Schooling, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum

Baez, Benjamin, and Deron Boyles, The Politics of Inquiry: Educational Research and the 'Culture of Science'. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2009., Benjamin Baez and Deron Boyles

Annotation: Analyzes and critiques several aspects of recent U. S. laws which favor certain definitions of scientific educational research; provides in-depth philosophical analysis and arguments on this and other topics such as Dewey's ideas on educational research, doctoral training in educational research, governing through science, and the grants culture in educational research.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General, Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry, Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Multiple/Mixed Forms of Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Comparisons Among Inquiry Modes, Knowledge Generation, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Berlak, Harold, "From Local Control to Government and Corporate Takeover of School Curriculum: The NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND Act and the READING FIRST Program," pp. 267-285 in H. Svi Shapiro and David E. Purpel, eds., Critical Social Issues in American Education, 3rd ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005., Harold Berlak

Annotation: Traces history of NCLB Act and the corporate interests that made its passage possible; points out the damage done to public education by this Act and urges changing these policies

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry, Critical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Curriculum History, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Local Control of Schooling, Curriculum Standards and Testing

Biesta, Gert, "Why 'What Works' Won't Work: Evidence-Based Practice and the Democratic Deficit in Educational Research," Educational Theory, 57(No. 1, 2007), 1-22., Gert Biesta

Annotation: Critiques the arguments for limiting educational practices to those supported by evidence of success in achieving goals; explains why actions based on research require democratic deliberation.

Broad Topical Focus: Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General, Curriculum Evaluation
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Knowledge Utilization

Bryk, Anthony S., and Louis M. Gomez, "Reinventing a Research and Development Capacity," pp. 181-206 in Frederick M. Hess, ed., The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship: Possibilities for School Reform. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2008., Anthony S. Bryk and Louis M. Gomez

Annotation: Analyzes the status of the design-engineering-development method of school improvement; reviews the infrastructure needed for this type of development; discusses an agenda and funding for needed work.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Development, Organization, Design, Curriculum Change, Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Development as Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Materials Development and Evaluation, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Media and Computers in Curriculum Development, Curriculum Development Strategies, Knowledge Generation

Burkhardt, Hugh, "From Design Research to Large-Scale Impact: Engineering Research in Education," pp. 121-150 in Jan van den Akker, Koeno Gravemeijer, Susan McKenney, and Nienke Nieveen, eds., Educational Design Research. New York: Routledge, 2006., Hugh Burkhardt

Annotation: Describes the engineering approach to design research; gives illustrations in education; advocates increased support for this kind of research.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Development as Inquiry, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Comparisons Among Inquiry Modes, Curriculum Development Strategies, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Knowledge Generation

Burkhardt, Hugh, and Alan H. Schoenfeld, "Improving Educational Research: Toward a More Useful, More Influential, and Better-Funded Enterprise," Educational Researcher, 32(December, 2003), 3-14., Hugh Burkhardt and Alan H. Schoenfeld

Annotation: Makes the case for a development or design (engineering) approach to research to increase its usefulness.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Development as Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum Development Strategies, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Burlingame, Martin, "The U.S. Government and the Public School Curriculum: An Interpretation of the Post-Second World War Decades," Journal of Curriculum Studies, 14(October- December, 1982), 313-329., Martin Burlingame

Annotation: Portrays U.S. school curriculum 1945 to the present in terms of the federal government's efforts to moderize curriculum.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry
Type of Study: Research Synthesis
Narrow Topic: Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Curriculum History

Confrey, Jere, "Comparing and Contrasting the National Research Council Report'On Evaluating Curricular Effectiveness' with the What Works Clearinghouse Approach," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 28(Fall, 2006), 195-213., Jere Confrey

Annotation: Points out similarities and differences in the research approaches used in these two efforts to establish curricular effectiveness in mathematics curricula.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Scientific/Empirical Inquiry, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Generation, Mathematics, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum

Connelly, Michael F., Robert K. Crocker, and Heidi Kass, "National Curriculum Research: Problems in the Methamethodology of Studies Concerned with State Policy and Local Variation," Comparative Education Review, 32(November, 1988), 430-451., Michael F. Connelly, Robert K. Crocker, and Heidi Kass

Annotation: Identifies problems with policy research in curriculum in various countries.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Research Domains and Structure, Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry, Multiple/Mixed Forms of Inquiry
Type of Study: Status Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Generation, Comparative Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Dalin, Per, Case Studies of Educational Innovation: IV. Strategies for Innovation in Education. Paris: CERI, OECD, 1973., Per Dalin

Annotation: Gives a number of case studies of strategies used in educational innovation.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Change
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Theoretical/Conceptual Inquiry
Type of Study: Case Study
Narrow Topic: Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Comparative Curriculum

Dynarski, Mark, "Connecting Education Research to Practitioners-- and Practitioners to Education Research," Phi Delta Kappan, 9(September, 2010), 61-65., Mark Dynarski

Annotation: Makes the case for exchanges between researchers and practitioners; explains the tasks undertaken by the current "What Works Clearinghouse" in the U. S. Institute of Education Sciences, and the criteria used to select studies to be synthesized.

Broad Topical Focus: Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Multiple/Mixed Forms of Inquiry, Integrative Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Knowledge Utilization

Elmore, Richard F., and Susan H. Fuhrman, eds., The Governance of Curriculum.. 1994 ASCD Yearbook. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1994., Richard F. Elmore and Susan H. Fuhrman

Annotation: Sums up changes in state and local policy making roles and processes in curriculum, reviews related research and reports of experience, and draws implications for action by education professionals.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Scientific/Empirical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Local Control of Schooling, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum

Flinders, David J., "The Failings of NCLB," Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 7(No. 1 & 2, 2005), 1-9., David J. Flinders

Annotation: Critiques the flawed accountability assumptions undelying NCLB and offers alternative policy strategies.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Curriculum Standards and Testing, Program Audit/Evaluation

Fuhrman, Susan H., "Legislatures and Educational Policy," pp. 30-55 in Richard F. Elmore and Susan H. Fuhrman, eds., The Governance of Curriculum. 1994 ASCD Yearbook. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1994., Susan H. Fuhrman

Annotation: Assesses the accomplishments of state legislatures and suggest future challenges.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Evaluative Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Giroux, Henry A., "The Conservative Assault on America: Cultural Politics, Education, and the New Authoritarianism," pp. 23-41 in Henry A. Giroux, America on Edge: Henry A. Giroux on Politics, Culture, and Education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006., Henry A. Giroux

Annotation: Illustrates authoritarian policies and actions by the second Bush administration in the area of education and other arenas.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum, Democratic Education, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Gray, Kenneth, "Vocational Education in High School: A Modern Phoenix?" Phi Delta Kappan , 72 (February, 1991), 437-445.*, Kenneth Gray

Annotation: Provides a review of the history of vocational education in the U. S. and of related research on curriculum reform in vocational education.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Development, Organization, Design
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum History, Vocational vs. Liberal Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Grobman, Hulda, Developmental Curriculum Projects: Decision Points and Processes . Itasca, IL: F. E. Peacock, 1970., Hulda Grobman

Annotation: Describes projects funded by U. S. government in the 1950s and 1960s in terms of processes of decision-making used.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Decision-making Processes, Curriculum Development, Organization, Design
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Theoretical/Conceptual Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum Development Strategies, Curriculum History, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Henig, Jeffrey, R., "The Evolving Relationship between Researchers and Public Policy," 89(January, 2008), 357-360., Jeffrey R. Henig

Annotation: Describes five factors affecting the relationship between educational research and its use by policymakers: new means of dissemination, new discipline-based researchers and fragmentation of publication outlets, expanded corporate (non-public) producers of research, increased foundation-supported research, and increased bias induced by government requirements on research.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice, Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Knowledge Utilization, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Horn, Jim, and Denise Wilburn, The Mismeasure of Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2013., Jim Horn and Denise Wilburn

Annotation: Describes recent history of assessment in educational policy and practice; reviews research on testing and accountability schemes in the US and argues that sound research does not support present policies and practices; provides as a case study Tennessee's value-added assessment model which is extensively analyzed and critiqued: offers several recommendations for changing from using high-stakes testing to more helpful formative assessment policies and practices.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Conceptual Analysis, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay, Integrative Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum Theory Creation and Uses, Curriculum and Politics, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Student Assessment

Horn, Sharon K., and Stephen K. Clements, "ERIC: The Past, Present, and Future Federal Role in Educational Dissemination," Knowledge: Creation, Diffusion, Utilization, 11(September, 1989), 37-50., Sharon K. Horn and Stephen K. Clements

Annotation: Describes ERIC as it has existed and as it may be changed in the future.

Broad Topical Focus: Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Utilization, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Kincheloe, Joe L., "The Curriculum and the Classroom," pp. 85-103 in Joe L. Kincheloe, ed., Classroom Teaching: An Introduction. New York Peter Lang, 2008. Reprinted pp. 611-632 in Joao M. Paraskeva and Shirley R. Steinberg, ed., Curriculum: Decanonizing the Field. New York: Peter Lang, 2016., Joe L. Kincheloe

Annotation: Esplains why teaching is so difficult and limited under NCLB guidelines; advises teachers on how to teach under repressive conditions (after becoming aware of how knowledge is produced, how power shapes the curriculum, and how a critical perspective can assist); urges teachers to be developers.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Development, Organization, Design, Curriculum Enactment and Teaching
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Conceptions of Teaching, Curriculum Development Strategies, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Ideology and School Knowledge, Local Control of Schooling, Social Efficiency/Control, Teacher Planning, Teacher Research, Teaching/Learning Process, Values in the Classroom

Koyama, Jill P., Making Failure Pay: For-Profit Tutoring, High-Stakes Testing, and Public Schools. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010., Jill P. Koyama

Annotation: Reports a study of certain New York City schools' efforts at implementing the Supplementary Education Services component of NCLB; employs ethnographic methods of research and actor-network theory; focuses on United Education, provider of these services; reports verbatim quotations from its providers and from other actors in and out of the public schools.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Ethnographic Inquiry, Critical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum Implementation, Local Control of Schooling, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Kvernbekk, Tone, "The Concept of Evidence in Evidence-Based Practice," Educational Theory, 61(No.5, 2011), 515-532., Tone Kvernbekk

Annotation: Gives a philosophical analysis of the concept of evidence as employed in the phrase "evidence-based practice"; argues against the limited conception of evidence as employed in studies using randomized controlled trials; shows four possible relationships evidence can have to epistemic truth and to practice based on research evidence.

Broad Topical Focus: Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Conceptual Analysis, Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Linkage, Teaching/Learning Process, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Lather, Patti, "Scientific Research in Education: A Critical Perspective," Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, 20(Fall, 2004), 14-30., Patti Lather

Annotation: Takes up the issue of governmental legislating of particular forms of scientific research methods, argues for critical action to counter this trend, and discusses three ways of doing this.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines, Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism, Critical Inquiry, Multiple/Mixed Forms of Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Generation, Knowledge Utilization, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Qualitative Research, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum

Lather, Patti, "This is Your Father's Paradigm: Government Intrusion and the Case of Qualitative Research in Education," Qualitative Inquiry, 10(February, 2004), 15-34., Patti Lather

Annotation: Critiques U. S. government's legislating "scientific" method through NCLB Act by employing three critical approaches.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines, Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Generation, Qualitative Research, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum

Levin, Ben, "Curriculum Policy and the Politics of What Should Be Learned in Schools," pp. 7-24 in F. Michael Connelly, Ming Fang He, and JoAnn Phillion, eds., The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2008., Ben Levin

Annotation: Lays out the practical aspects of the processes by which governments determine curriculum policies.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Decision-making Processes
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Status Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Curriculum Deliberation

Lundgren, Ulf P., "Political Governing and Curriculum Change--From Active to Reactive Curriculum Reforms," pp. 109-122 in Eero Ropo and Tero Autio, eds., International Conversations on Curriculum Studies: Subject, Society, and Curriculum. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2009., Ulf P. Lundgren

Annotation: Recaps the history of theories governing curriculum change in Europe and the United States; contrasts decentralization and privatization of curriculum decision-making, as well as governing by goals or outcomes, in relation to the changing culture of globalization; draws implications for practice and research.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Administration, Leadership, Finance, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Change
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Local Control of Schooling, Organization Theory, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Comparative Curriculum

Lusi, Susan Follett, "Systemic School Reform: The Challenge Faced by State Departments of Education," pp. 109-130 in Richard F. Elmore and Susan H. Fuhrman, eds., The Governance of Curriculum. 1994 ASCD Yearbook. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1994., Susan Follett Lusi

Annotation: Outlines changes in external and internal relationships of state departments of education that affect systemic school reform.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Change
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Scientific/Empirical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Massell, Diane, "Achieving Consensus: Setting the Agenda for State Curriculum Reform," pp. 84-108 in Richard F. Elmore and Susan H. Fuhrman, eds., The Governance of Curriculum. 1994 ASCD Yearbook. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1994., Diane Massell

Annotation: Reports on agenda-setting strategies in four state's curriculum policy - making process and creates a model for possible use elsewhere.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Decision-making Processes
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Theoretical/Conceptual Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Curriculum Deliberation

Mathis, William J., and Kevin G. Welner, eds., The Obama Education Blueprint: Researchers Examine the Evidence. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers, 2010., William J. Mathis and Kevin G. Welner

Annotation: Takes six documents issued by USDOE, presenting summaries of research upon which A Blueprint for Reform (2010) was based, and critiques them on the basis of credibility, comprehensiveness of existing research, and their implications for the reform approaches recommended in the Blueprint.

Broad Topical Focus: Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism, Evaluative Inquiry
Type of Study: Collection of Studies
Narrow Topic: Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Knowledge Generation, Knowledge Utilization, Curriculum and Politics, Education as a Field of Study

McColl, Ann, "Tough Call: Is No Child Left Behind Constitutional?" Phi Delta Kappan, 86(April, 2005), 604-610., Ann McColl

Annotation: Raises questions about legal authority for NCLB Act of 2001, its lack of clarity and funding, and its function; raises question of state versus federal power over education.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences, Curriculum Conceptions and Theories, Curriculum Decision-making Processes, Curriculum Visions and Philosophies
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Local Control of Schooling, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum, Curriculum Standards and Testing, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum

Meens, David, and Kenneth R. Howe, "NCLB and Its Wake: Bad News for Democracy." Teachers College Record, 117(No.6, 2015), 1-44., David Meens and Kenneth R. Howe

Annotation: Examines the eclipse of local control through NCLB; relates democratic policy-making theory to the circumstances of NCLB and shows how NCLB undermines teaching children meaningful participation in democratic politics; offers a set of guidelines for assessing future federal education policies in terms of democratic principles; related articles and critiques follow this article.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Local Control of Schooling, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Curriculum Standards and Testing, Curriculum History

Mehta, Jal, The Allure3 of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013., Jal Mehta

Annotation: Traces historically the changes in U.S. school policies and practices related to their rationalization, accountability, and the role of teachers; delves deeply into analysis and explanations for these changes; offers a model that proposes to challenge these trends.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Change, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum History, Curriculum and Politics, Curriculum Implementation, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Local Control of Schooling, Qualitative Research

Mintrop, Heinwich, and Gail L. Sunderman, "Predictable Failure of Federal Sanctions-Driven Accountability for School Improvement -- And Why We May Retain It Anyway," Educational Researcher, 38(june/July,2009), 353-364., Heinwich Mintrop and Gail L. Sunderman

Annotation: Summarizes results of studies on three questions: 1) Do sanctions-driven accountability systems produce the intended results in NCLB and other attempts? 2) Is it practical and can it be implemented? 3) Is it valued and legitimate?

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Evaluation
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Integrative Inquiry
Type of Study: Research Synthesis
Narrow Topic: Curriculum Standards and Testing, Evaluation of Instruction, Program Audit/Evaluation, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Ethical Issues in Curriculum, Student Assessment, Social Efficiency/Control, Local Control of Schooling, Curriculum Implementation

Mosher, Fritz, and Susan H. Fuhrman, "The Research that Policy Needs," pp. 372-382 in David K. Cohen, Susan H. Fuhrman, and Fritz Mosher, eds., The State of Education Policy Research. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007., Fritz Mosher and Susan H. Fuhrman

Annotation: Discusses what would be necessary to produce knowledge related to successful policymaking (as a summary of earlier studies in the same volume); these are expressed as conditions, not as research agenda items.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Integrative Inquiry, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Ethical Issues in Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Knowledge Generation

Noddings, Nel, "NIE's National Curriculum Development Conference," pp. 291-312 in Jon Schaffarzick and Gary Sykes, eds., Value Conflicts and Curriculum Issues: Lessons from Research and Experience. Berkeley, CA: McCutchan, 1979., Nel Noddings

Annotation: Gives an overview of the conference themes, its reports, problems identified, and views of the participants.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Development, Organization, Design, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Integrative Inquiry
Type of Study: Research Synthesis
Narrow Topic: Curriculum Development Strategies, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Raizen, Senta A., "Dissemination Programs at the National Institute of Education: 1974-1979," Knowledge: Creation, Diffusion, Utilization, 1(December, 1979), 259-292., Senta A. Raizen

Annotation: Describes NIE's dissemination programs.

Broad Topical Focus: Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry, Scientific/Empirical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Linkage, Knowledge Utilization, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Schaffarzick, Jon, "Federal Curriculum Reform: A Crucible for Value Conflict," pp. 1-24 in Jon Schaffarzick and Gary Sykes, eds., Value Conflicts and Curriculum Issues: Lessons from Research and Experience . Berkeley, CA: McCutchan, 1979., Jon Schaffarzick

Annotation: Describes the rise and fall of federal curriculum reforms in the 1960s and 1970s.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Change, Curriculum Development, Organization, Design
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum History, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Schneider, Mercedes K., A Chronicle of Echoes: Who's Who in the Implosion of American Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2014., Mercedes K. Schneider

Annotation: Exposes fraud and deceit by numerous 'reform' organizations in education funded by corporate donors and politicians in efforts to privatize public education and to destroy it; thoroughly documents each organization's activities, funders, and leaders (TFA, KIPP, CCCS, ALEC, Walton Foundation, etc).

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Change
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum as Environment, Curriculum History, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Local Control of Schooling, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Schoenfeld, Alan H., "What Doesn't Work: The Challenge and Failure of the What Works Clearinghouse to Conduct Meaningful Reviews of Studies of Mathematics Curricula," Educational Researcher, 35(March, 2006), 13-21., Alan H. Schoenfeld

Annotation: Reports the author's experience in critiquing the Clearinghouse's work in synthesizing research on mathematics curricula; draws implications about governmental ideology affecting integrity of inquiry; related articles follow.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General, Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines, Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Critical Inquiry, Integrative Inquiry, Scientific/Empirical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Generation, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Knowledge Utilization, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum, Mathematics

Schwandt, Thomas A., "A Diagnostic Reading of Scientifically Based Research for Education," Educational Theory, 55(No. 3, 2005), 285-305., Thomas A. Schwandt

Annotation: Notes the reascendance of the market model of educational research and shows why adherence to this ideology is devaluing other forms of research that should affect practice; three related articles appear in this issue of Educational Theory.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General, Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines, Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism, Scientific/Empirical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Generation, Comparisons Among Inquiry Modes, Education as a Field of Study, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Knowledge Utilization, Practical Knowledge, Qualitative Research, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum

National Academy of Sciences. The Federal Investment in Knowledge of Social Problems. Study Project on Social Research and Development, Vol. 1, Study Project Report. Washington, DC: National Academy of Science/National Research Council, 1978., National Academy of Sciences

Annotation: Reviews research on the topic.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry
Source Discipline: Field other than Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Integrative Inquiry
Type of Study: Research Synthesis
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Utilization, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Short, Edmund C., "Curriculum Policy Research," pp. 420-430 in F. Michael Connelly, Ming Fang He, and JoAnn Phillion, eds., The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2008., Edmund C. Short

Annotation: Gives an overview of curriculum policy research, outlines the approaches and inquiry methods being used in this domain of research, and maps out various facets of curriculum policy research that pertains to the policy-making process itself (developing, choosing, enacting, and evaluating policy options); cites illustrative studies in each category.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Decision-making Processes, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Integrative Inquiry, Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Status Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum Deliberation, Knowledge Generation, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Curriculum and Politics

Smyth, John, "Critical Engagement for Collaborative Action Research," p. 58-76 in Stephen P. Gordon, ed., Collaborative Action Research: Developing Professional Learning Communities. New York: Teachers College Press, 2008., John Smyth

Annotation: Makes the case for taking a critical perspective in doing collaborative action research; examines five propositions necessitated by this perspective; argues vigorously for freedom from governmental restraint on using research approaches such as action research and other so-called "non-scientific" approaches.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay, Action Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Generation, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Teacher Research, Practical Knowledge

Spillane, James P., Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004., James P. Spillane

Annotation: Presents a case study of curriculum policy implementation of standards-based science and math policies in Michigan schools (1992-1996) at the district and classroom levels.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Decision-making Processes, Curriculum Enactment and Teaching, Curriculum Administration, Leadership, Finance, Curriculum Change, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Ethnographic Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum Frameworks, Curriculum Standards and Testing, Curriculum and Politics, Content Selection and Organization, Local Control of Schooling, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Core Mandates

Spring, Joel, "The Development of a National Curriculum," pp. 93-139 in his The Sorting Machine: National Educational Policy Since 1945. New York: David McKay Co., 1976., Joel Spring

Annotation: Shows how a national curriculum has evolved in the United States.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Curriculum History, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Stein, Sandra J., The Culture of Education Policy. New York: Teachers College Press, 2004., Sandra J. Stein

Annotation: Reports a study of critical and ideological assumptions found in the discourse surrounding the passage and implementation of ESEA and NCLB.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Ethnographic Inquiry, Critical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Discourse Analysis, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Local Control of Schooling, Curriculum and Politics, Curriculum Implementation, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum

Stevenson, David Lee, and David P. Baker, "State Control of the Curriculum and Classroom Instruction," Sociology of Education, 64 (January, 1991), 1-10.*, David Lee Stevenson and David P. Baker

Annotation: Reports cross-national comparisons between centralized and decentralized educational systems for mathematics and draws inplications about curriculum reform procedures.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Enactment and Teaching
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Scientific/Empirical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Comparative Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Local Control of Schooling

Sykes, Gary, "Government Intervention in the School Curriculum: Floating Like a Bee, Stinging like a Butterfly," pp. 313-330 in Jon Schaffarzick and Gary Sykes, eds., Value Conflicts and Curriculum Issues: Lessons from Research and Experience. Berkeley, CA: McCutchan, 1979., Gary Sykes

Annotation: Appraises both the direct and the indirect interventions made by the U. S. government in the school curriculum of the 1960s and 1970s.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Development, Organization, Design
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Historical Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum History, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum

Thomas, Gary, "Changing Our Landscape of Inquiry for a New Science of Education," Harvard Education Review, 82(Spring, 2012), 226-51., Gary Thomas

Annotation: Argues that education research misunderstands the nature of scientific method; gives a revised view and urges the cultivation of a new education science that is a part of education practice.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General, Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Scientific/Empirical Inquiry, Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism, Action Inquiry
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Generation, Comparisons Among Inquiry Modes, Education as a Field of Study, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Practical Knowledge

Tyler, Ralph W., ed., Prospects for Research and Development in Education . Berkeley, CA: McCutchan, 1976., Ralph W. Tyler

Annotation: Assembles, excerpts, and comments on more than 15 writers' statements on many aspects of research and development (on definitions, history, political problems, mistakes, improving quality, implementing development activities, and future alternatives).

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Integrative Inquiry
Type of Study: Collection of Studies
Narrow Topic: Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Westbury, Ian, "Making Curricula: Why Do States Make Curricula, and How?" pp. 45-65 in F. Michael Connelly, Ming Fang He, and JoAnn Phillion, eds., The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2008., Ian Westbury

Annotation: Describes how states manage curriculum making and reforms; includes examples from several countries

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Development, Organization, Design
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Integrative Inquiry
Type of Study: Research Synthesis
Narrow Topic: Curriculum and Politics, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Comparative Curriculum, Content Selection and Organization

White, John, "Introduction," pp. 1-8 in John White, The Curriculum and the Child: The Selected Works of John White. London: Routledge, 2005., John White

Annotation: Features the author's career-long concern as a philosopher of education with the aims of education, his own capsulization of these aims in the idea of "human well-being," and with other possible associated aims; introduces sixteen of the author's writings, four of which focus directly on curriculum and the rest indirectly, largely with reference to the United Kingdom but with parallels elsewhere.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Conceptions and Theories, Curriculum Decision-making Processes
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Curriculum Aims and Objectives, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Local Control of Schooling

Willinsky, John, "Scientific Research in a Democratic Culture: Or What's a Social Science For?" Teachers College Record, 107(January, 2005), 38-51., John Willinsky

Annotation: Urges open access publishing models for educational research to widen access to the public and to policymakers; critiques the concept of scientific research dissemination found in National Research Council's 2002 report , "Scientific Research in Education."

Broad Topical Focus: Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry, Publication Outlets for Curriculum Research and Inquiry, Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General
Source Discipline: Education
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Knowledge Utilization, Knowledge Generation, Knowledge Linkage, Government Role in Educational Research & Development

Wixson, Karen K, Elizabeth Dutro, and Ruth G. Athan, "The Challenge of Developing Content Standards," pp. 69-107 in Robert E. Floden, ed., Review of Research in Education, 27: 2003. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association, 2004.*, Karen K. Wixson, Elizabeth Dutro, and Ruth G. Athan

Annotation: Traces the history of the entire content standards movement, with special attention to the English language arts, both state and national influences.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Development, Organization, Design, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Integrative Inquiry, Historical Inquiry
Type of Study: Research Synthesis
Narrow Topic: Content Selection and Organization, Curriculum Standards and Testing, English, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum

Yates, Lyn, and Michael Young, "Globalization, Knowledge, and the Curriculum," European Journal of Education, 45(No. 1, 2010), 4-10., Lyn Yates and Michael Young

Annotation: Addresses five key issues facing curriculum policy makers and researchers in a global context; 1) the impact of global economic pressures on curriculum, 2) issues of inequality, 3) how to continue to reflect one's nation traditions and concerns under international pressures, 4) general vs vocational education, and 5) knowledge issues; introduces a set of articles on the topic from writers in five countries.

Broad Topical Focus: Curriculum Contexts and Societal Influences
Source Discipline: Curriculum
Mode of Inquiry in the Study: Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay
Type of Study: Single Study
Narrow Topic: Comparative Curriculum, Curriculum and Politics, Ideology and School Knowledge, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Local Control of Schooling, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum