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


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


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


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