McConnell, Lorraine M., "The Paradox of Curriculum Policy," pp. 112-129 in Douglas E. Mitchell, Dorothy Shipps, and Robert L. Crowson, eds., Shaping Education Policy: Power and Process, 2nd Ed. New York: Routledge, 2018.


Analyzes the rise and persistence of standards-based reforms in U. S. curriculum policy arenas; gives concrete details of the situation, ideas, and interests that interacted in the policy regimes surrounding standards-based reforms of the 80s and 90s, of No Child Left Behind Act, of Common Core State Standards, and of Every Student Succeeds Act; gives a thorough-going analysis, citing both strengths and weaknesses of each curriculum policy regime.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Policies and Policy Making

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Scientific/Empirical Inquiry, Historical Inquiry, Policy Inquiry

Type of Study

SIngle Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum and Politics, Currriculum History, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Local Control of Schooling, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum, Curriculum Standards and Testing, Freedom/Authority and Curriculum


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