Recent Articles


Measuring the Alignment between States’ Finance and Accountability Policies: The Opportunity Gap
Matthew R. Della Sala, Robert C. Knoeppel
The research described in this paper expands on attempts to conceptualize, measure, and evaluate the degree to which states have aligned their finance systems with their respective accountability policies. State education finance and accountability policies serve as levers to provide equal educational opportunities for all students – scholars have called for the alignment of education finance...

School Vouchers and Student Neighborhoods: Evidence from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
Deven E. Carlson, Joshua M. Cowen
In this paper we explore the relationship between students’ residential location and participation in Milwaukee’s large, widely available private school voucher program. We are interested in one overarching question: do voucher schools disproportionately draw students from better public schools and city neighborhoods, or do they draw students most in need of alternative options? We consider...

Managing the Dynamics of the Bologna Reforms: How Institutional Actors Re-Construct the Policy Framework
Amelia Veiga, Guy Neave
How do the constituencies in higher education re-interpret Bologna’s function with regard to the European Higher Education Area? This research examines how institutional actors re-construct the policy framework in the light of their own institutional agendas. Drawing on empirical data from a survey of Academics, Students and Administrators in seven universities in Germany, Italy, Norway and...

Are Dual Enrollment Students College Ready? Evidence from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education
Brian P. An, Jason L. Taylor
We examine whether dual enrolled students display greater levels of college readiness than nonparticipants. Advocates assert that dual enrollment improves students’ college readiness, but despite these assertions, few researchers have evaluated this relationship. Moreover, researchers that do consider whether dual enrollment improves college readiness examine this relationship while students...

Teachers and Curriculum Materials in the Teaching of Social and Natural Sciences. An Analysis on Andalusian Teachers’ Beliefs and Reflective Practice (Spain)
Gabriel Travé-González, Francisco José Pozuelos-Estrada, Antonio Soto-Rosales
The results of an investigation into teachers´ conceptions on the use of curricular materials (textbooks and teacher-developed materials) in the teaching of Social and Natural sciences are presented. The study explores teachers´ representations on the processes of design, management and evaluation of the materials in order to propose improvements in classroom practices and educational...

Ideas of Justice and Conflict: Differences between Regulations and Commitments of Coexistence and Youth Perception of Justice in Schools
Pedro Nuñez
Educational research in the country and the region has a long-standing tradition, since the 80s, in the study of the incidence of the educational processes in the production and reproduction of social and educational inequalities. This article seeks to problematize these issues, by studying a new oriented approach the topics of citizenship and the feelings of injustice by incorporating to the...

The Effectiveness of Mexico’s Faculty Improvement Program (Promep) in Public State Universities
Teresa Guzman, Cruz Alberto Martínez-Arcos
This article evaluates the effectiveness of Promep, a faculty improvement program implemented by Mexico’s Federal Department of Public Education (SEP) since 1996 to improve the academic qualifications, performance, and organization of faculty at the public higher education institutions. This evaluation examines the degree to which Promep has achieved its quantitative objectives with regard to...

Do Teacher-Coaches Make the Cut? The Effectiveness of Athletic Coaches as Math and Reading Teachers
Anna Jacob Egalite, Daniel H. Bowen, Julie R. Trivitt
Math and reading teachers who also coach athletics in the public school system are challenged to balance the responsibilities that come with fulfilling dual occupational roles. While many studies have examined teacher-coaches' stress levels and job perception in the context of role strain, there is no evidence of how student achievement in tested subjects is affected by assignment to these...

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