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For the past decade, researchers have documented the effects of textbooks on achievement in developing countries, but no research has explored the mechanisms that account for this contribution. This paper analyzes longitudinal data from a national sample of eighth-grade mathematics classrooms in...
Chapter 2 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act is a centerpiece of the Reagan Administration's education policy. The enactment of Chapter 2 consolidated funding from 32 categorical programs into an educational block grant that is distributed to state educational agencies and from...
To identify the relative power and influence of various state education policy groups, data were collected by elite interviewing as part of a larger study by the authors. This article displays the variation among six states in the ranking of policy groups. The relative rankings show how the...
Doing politically controversial research on education issues at the statewide level presents a host of human problems in addition to technical, scientific ones. Drawing on research experience in a highly charged political context, this paper suggests practical strategies for gaining access,...
Small businesses are increasingly considering the application of computers to their office operations. However, little is known about the types of education and training required of their personnel for such applications. This study is based on a survey of almost 3,000 small businesses regarding...
The formative-summative paradigm is useful in that it draws attention to the importance of process and outcome measures in evaluation. The paradigm is not helpful in practical evaluation planning, however, because it unnecessarily separates qualitative and quantitative methods, and because it...
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