McDonnell, Lorraine M., and M. Stephen Weatherford, "Evidence Use and the Common Core State Standards Movement: From Problem Definition to Policy Adoption," American Journal of Education, 120(November, 2013), 1-25.


Describes how policy entrepreneurs use research at three stages of the policy process--problem definition, policy design, and policy enactment; reports interviews with state leaders of the Common Core movement about these policy process stages and the use of research evidence; concludes that research was often not used or was not available and that other evidence was also used.

Broad Topical Focus

Critique and Utilization of Curriculum Research and Inquiry, Curriculum Policies and Policy Making, Curriculum Decision-making Processes

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Ethnographic Inquiry, Historical Inquiry, Deliberative Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Standards and Testing, Curriculum History, Knowledge Utilization, Curriculum and Politics, Curriculum Frameworks


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