Spain, Angeline K., "Just Talk? Discourses and Deinstitutionalization in School District Policy Making," American Journal of Education, 124(November, 2017), 1-7.


Reports comparative case studies in two California school districts on the decision making processes used in determining policies aimed at cutting extra-curricular activities; discourse analysis of deliberation by school board members and others was employed to locate cause and effect relationships among meanings held by these various actors; this study illustrates how organizational routines structure and influence the interpretation of meanings.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Decision-Making Processes

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Content Analysis

Type of Study

Case Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Deliberation


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